On Nov 22, 2008, at 1:56 PM, Brent Meeker wrote:
> But how would they agree on this?  If we knew the answer to that we  
> wouldn't
> need to be considering these (nomologically) impossible thought  
> experiments.

They would use the same criteria that they use to decide that humans  
are conscious in our own world, which would be a combination of  
observing outward behavior (Turing-Test), and observing brain states.  
In one sense, that would be harder, because the conscious beings in  
the Life universe will look very different than us. In another sense  
it would be easier, because they'd have access to every bit of the  
Life universe.

Am I confusing "mechanism" with something else? "Functionalism"?  
"Computationalism"?

-- Kory


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