Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 17:14 UTC, submitted by orfanum
Geek stuff, sci-fi... A detailed simulation of a small region of a brain built molecule by molecule has been constructed and has recreated experimental results from real brains. The "Blue Brain" has been put in a virtual body, and observing it gives the first indications of the molecular and neural basis of thought and memory. Scaling the simulation to the human brain is only a matter of money, says the project's head. The work was presented at the European Future Technologies meeting in Prague.
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by Hiev on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 22:12 UTC
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I call it bs, human thought cannot be duplicated, period.

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by boldingd on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 22:25 in reply to "..."
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I call it bs, human thought cannot be duplicated, period.

Really? And why not? Is there some physical principal you'd like to site, here, or are you arguing that human thought is magical?
If human consciousness arises from understandable physical processes, then, at least in theory, those processes can be replicated (either physically or virtually). If it does not, then it is, pretty much by definition, supernatural. And I'm not comfortable referencing a belief in the supernatural to avoid having to confront a difficult philosophical problem.

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by Hiev on Wed 22nd Apr 2009 23:29 in reply to "RE: ..."
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To emulate human thought they would also have to emulate human conscience, and human conscience is beyond rationality, we, the humans, have spirituality. Im sure they can emulate the rational part, but not conscience or spirit. Is not just possible. It can be programmed in a certain way (the way the programmer desides) but not to have self conscience. No such thing.

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