I can't drive to California without a car. But the car won't go there of its own volition. It needs a driver. Does that make the driver the car?
Nobody answers my questions, so I'll give my own answer to this one.
No, the driver and the car are two fundamentally different things. Having a car is a necessary, but not a sufficient, condition for "driving to California." The car and the driver of it will arrive in California at the same time, together. But that does not make the driver a "machine" or just another "part of" the machine, like a spark plug.
This is all obvious enough, yet many who argue that "consciousness" is just "brain activity" seem to overlook such distinctions, if you ask me. I would analogize the position taken by people like Exchem to someone arguing that, since you have a car, you can dispense with the driver and/or that the driver should be viewed as just another cog in the machine (which is the thing which makes the travel possible).
If there is a "category error" being made here, it is one which puts a sensate being in the same category as an inanimate collection of material elements.
Edited by Moronium, 27 May 2018 - 01:26 AM.