tomandlu wrote:I guess what I'm trying to come to terms with is the idea that consciousness could arise in some extended Chinese room scenario, and that to me seems counter-intuitive. At the same time, any other view seems to insinuate some meta-physical quality to consciousness, which I also find unreasonable.
I may be off-base here, but it seems to me like the processes that generate consciousness are, to some extent, introspective (though not necessarily the way we imagine them to be). In other words, there is a level of perception and analysis of the mind's own contents that produces the sense of self. This seems like the very thing people mean when they talk about the difference between their experience of consciousness and what goes on in the Chinese Room.
But there is no reason we couldn't create an introspective AI or that our brains could not have physical networks that are introspective; in fact, in both cases, that is what you would expect.