to think or to think you think

by Andrea Elizabeth

Ok I skipped a little of the math part in Quantum Computing Since Democritus by Scott Aaronson to arrive on page 36 where he’s been discussing the possibility of a convincing human imitating computer. The argument against is the question would it be thinking or simulating thinking, and the argument for is the question, do people think or simulate thinking?

It reminds me of the God of the gaps explanation where God gets smaller and smaller as we figure out how things work. Some things are reactions that we previously thought he had to make happen through intervening divine action. I’m thinking that some things that pass for human thought are similar reactions, usually deriving from need. But if you remove or ignore need, maybe that’s where you get to real thought or love, which could be seen as miraculous.