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Re: Ask a Scientist

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Just for giggles, I Googled "Pascal Fries, a German neurophysiologist with the Ernst Strüngmann Institute" (Pause to ask if Pascal Fries is French - geddit?). He turns out to be real and doing not-obviously-ridiculous research. I was shocked.
A lot of stuff can sound weird when taken totally out of context.

I think many people accept the view that levels of consciousness correlate with neural complexity.

Thus a monkey has more consciousness than a fish and a fish has more consciousness than a snail. And we can tell this just by looking at their brains.

If you take that idea forward, then a sufficiently complex computer should also be considered to be conscious. And at the other end of the scale there should be some degree of micro or even nano-consciousness in all things that somehow have connections that somehow transmit information.

If this concept is absurd, then that should, scientifically speaking, invalidate the original assumption that consciousness comes from complexity.

Which I think is a valid point.
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