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Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality$
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Paul Nunez

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340716.001.0001

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The Limits of Science: What Do We Really Know?

The Limits of Science: What Do We Really Know?

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(p.153) Chapter 8 The Limits of Science: What Do We Really Know?
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Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality
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Paull Nunez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340716.003.0008

This chapter considers the general limits of scientific knowledge, and identifies probability and entropy as important measures of human ignorance; scientific predictions are shown to be severely limited in complex systems. It argues that fundamental limits on computer power may preclude the creation of artificial consciousness, even if natural brains actually do create minds, as assumed by most contemporary scientists.

Keywords:   scientific knowledge, probability, entropy, artificial consciousness

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