Chapter 14: Could a Machine be Conscious?

Conscious Machines are Impossible

Souls, Spirits, and Separate Minds

The Importance of Biology

  1. perhaps only biological means will suffice
  2. perhaps machines need to have life experiences and not just preprogrammed responses
  3. Searle's "biological naturalism": speculates that something noncomputational accounts for the brain's consciousness

Machines Will Never Do X

The Chinese Room

From Non-Computability to Quantum Consciousness