Russell Standish wrote:

> This leads to a speculation that memories are an essential 
> requirement for consciousness...

I'm sure they are. Awareness with no memory would be complete confusion
(you'd have no idea what any of your sense qualia refer to; or of much else,
either). That's why consciousness is *not* a binary phenomenon. As babies
grow and gain memories and knowledge, they *gradually* become conscious.
This is one reason ethicist Peter Singer ascribes a lower intrinic
person-ness to infants and the mentally retarded as compared to competant

Jonathan Colvin

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