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Comment author: Peterdjones 23 November 2012 11:27:43AM 1 point [-]

I have to admit that this sounds crazy, and that I don't really understand what's going on. But it looks like it's logically necessary that lookup tables can be conscious. As far as we know, the Universe, and everything in it, can be simulated on a giant Turing machine. What is a Turing machine, if not a lookup table?

But it is not logically necessary that such a universe would contain genuine consciousness. It might be a zombie universe.

1), the mathematical structure of a UTM relative to a giant lookup table, which is very minimal indeed, is the key element required for consciousness, or 2), the Universe is not Turing-computable, or 3), consciousness does not exist.

or (4) the universe is not simulated or (5) consciousness is not simulable, evne if physics is.