The threads on this subject - particularly reference Searle & Lanier, were gobbled up. So I figure this thread can centralize these discussions. Jaron Lanier, computer scientist & artist, author of You are Not a Gadget, argues against consciousness being reducible to computation. =-=-= Reposting a bunch of gobbled up stuff -> Searle's Is Your Brain a Digital Computer Also, a followup explaining why he wasn't a property dualist for rejecting AI as conscious entities. John Searle - Consciousness and the Brain TED presentation Watson Doesn't Know It Won on 'Jeopardy!' Not sure if that last article will be behind a paywall or not. In any case it's largely a reiteration of Searle's Chinese Room argument. =-=-= Additionally, here's an essay where Lanier expounds on his argument against computational minds. Also, a reply of sorts to Dennet -> You Can't Argue With a Zombie. He also has an essay, Death: The Skeleton Key of Consciousness Studies? Interesting guy in that he rejects computable minds on the one hand but rejects immortality of consciousness with the other.