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Re: Ask a Scientist

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But to say, you are conscious because you have loads of neurons and they are arranged in a complex way is sort of like saying, it's the complexity that creates the consciousness.
Which I didn't say. In fact we agree .

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How about the consciousness being something to do with the "software" rather than "hardware"?
This is where the analogy of the brain as a computer falls down. A brain does not have software. It learns by changing its structure and the strength of the connections between the neurons.

The mantra is: "Cells that fire together wire together". Say we smell strawberry and see red fruit at the same time, the connection between the two sets of neurons detecting these separate signals will be strengthened, so that we learn to associate the two signals. We look for red fruit when we smell strawberry aroma and vice versa.
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