Multiple Realizability

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At a higher organizational level, each neuron could be replaced by an electrical device that performs the same function the neuron performs. These electrical devices would be connected to each other in the same way your neurons are currently connected to each other and therefore perform the same function - including producing a mental world...
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It is only one step further to replace the electrical devices with other components (for example citizens of China) that perform the same function. This system would, according to the multiple realizability thesis, still have - as a whole - a mental experience identical to the one you have. In these examples the neural architecture - the connections between and functions of the components that are neurons in your brain - remains unaltered...
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