On 8/2/2011 5:59 AM, Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
So you*are* conceding the first point, that it is possible to make
something that behaves as if it's conscious without actually being
conscious? We don't even need to talk about brain physics: for the
purposes of the philosophical discussion it can be a magical device
created by God. If you don't concede this then you are essentially
agreeing with functionalism: that if something behaves as if it's
conscious then it is necessarily conscious.
I agree with you vis a vis Craig. But I think functionalism may well
allow different kinds of consciousness (and I'm not clear that Bruno's
version does). That we "hear" an inner narration of our thoughts is
probably an evolutionary accident arising because it was efficient to
utilize some of the same brain structure used for hearing when thinking
in language (c.f. Julian Jaynes). If we were making an artificial
intelligent being we could chose to have separate hardware and software
perform the perception and the cogitation. Would that being be
conscious? I'd say so. It could certainly act consciously. Would it
be conscious in the same way we are? No. Similarly with vision and
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