Not zombie neurons, just zombie imitation neurons. A natural neuron
could not be a zombie, but you could make a neuron that you think
should function like a natural neuron and it would not be able to be
well integrated into the person's consciousness.
That's beside the point. The only requirement is that it be integrated
into the person's nervous system. Then the person will behave just as
before. So your theory is that a person with artificial neurons
integrated into their nervous system will have altered or zero
consciousness yet behave perfectly normally.
If the imitation is
biological, genetic, and atomic, then it is a very good imitation and
I would expect a good chance for success, even if alternate gene
sequences or cell architectures were employed. If you cut out the
entire biochemical layer, and try to reproduce human consciousness
with only solid state electronics, you're going to get different
results which would exclude the ability to feel or understand human
experience in the absence of a living human.
But there will be no way to know this is the case since the person with
the substitute cell architecture will, ex hypothesi, behave exactly the
same - including reporting that they feel the same feelings. So your
claim that you will get different results is untestable.
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