Originally Posted by Steve Jordan
It's this ability beyond mere number-crunching that allows a human brain to output something that was not input... that is the real power of the brain above the computer, which is limited to outputting only variations of what was input.
Either the human brain is a magic black box or it isn't. You seem to fall on the magic black box side. Just because something wasn't input right now doesn't mean the brain can't correlate/derive inspiration from some prior input/sets of input or extrapolate from them (all tasks that computers right now don't excel at by the way). That's the whole problem - our brains are the result of a number of evolutionary hacks built upon hacks with self-awareness added somewhere at a late stage, and a lot of the internal workings happen below the surface of consciousness. But I don't see a reason to presume a magic black box that does things that are not in any way related to prior input.