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The Hardness of the Hard Problem in Computational Terms

November 28, 2010

Concerning David Chalmers’s Hard Problem of consciousness

There’s roughly four grades of easiness-difficulty:

  1. Complete theoretical and practical sucess, eg chess
  2. Partial theoretical and practical success, eg translation
  3. Practical failure, theoretically explained, eg halting problem
  4. Not even a theory, eg qualia. Ask a programmer how

to write a feeling algorithm, and they’ll look at you
like you’re crazy. There isn’t even a theory explaining
why it’s impossible. No-one knows where to start.

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