An automaton is a finite state input/output device.
The device has a finite (though possibly very large) set of internal states. Transition
from one internal state to another either occurs by internal stepwise sequential
progression or in response to external stimuli. The internal states, inputs and
outputs of an automaton have no inherent meaning. Any meaning (semantics) must be assigned
from outside the system.
Refuting Buddhist doctrines.
The very subtle mind
the Doubting of a Shadow A Reply to
Commentaries on Shadows of the Mind
'...The mind is neither physical, nor a by-product of purely physical processes,
but a formless continuum that is a separate entity from the body. When the body
disintegrates at death, the mind does not cease. Although our superficial conscious mind
ceases, it does so by dissolving into a deeper level of consciousness, called 'the very
subtle mind'. The continuum of our very subtle mind has no beginning and no end....'
and Mathematics - David J. Chalmers
by Roger Penrose
See also Artificial Intelligence, Formless
If we regard Buddhism as a combination of a philosophy, psychology and religion, then how
much mileage can we get from the first two aspects before we have to start invoking
versus Buddhist worldviews