On 01/06/07, Torgny Tholerus <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

 I am unconscious.
> I have no mind.  I have no feelings.  I have no perceptions.  I am not
> thinking.  I am just a machine that claims that I am conscious.  The only
> thing that happens is a lot of chemical reactions in my brain.  (Or
> rather, there are a lot of mathematical relations...)
> I just behave AS IF I am conscious.  If you interview me, I will answer
> that I am conscious.  I will strongly claim that I am thinking, and that
> is the only thing I am really sure of.
> But that is a lie.  The only thing that exists is a lot of protons,
> neutrons, and electrons reacting with each other inside my brain.
> I behave AS IF I am conscious because the natural selection has favored
> that type of behavior.

Which implies you really are conscious, because otherwise why would
evolution have gone to the trouble of making *me* conscious if it could have
got away without it?

Stathis Papaioannou

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