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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: Ian_C. 17 March 2008 04:16:38PM 0 points [-]

Ben Jones: "But the chair isn't seeking to imitate the table."

But the mind isn't seeking to imitate reality either. The mind seeks to provide awareness of reality, that is all. In taking the data of the senses and processing it only following the laws of cause and effect, it achieves this goal (because the output of the pipeline remains reality).

The idea that it is trying to imitate (and the associated criticisms like map, territory and distortion) come from looking at the evolved design after the fact and assuming how it is supposed to work without taking a wide enough view of all the ways awareness of reality could be implemented.