On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:20 PM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote:
>> Please explain what would you think would happen if you replaced part >> of your brain with an unconscious component that interacted normally >> with the surrounding neurons. Would you say "I feel different" or >> would you say "I feel exactly the same as before"? >> >> > Hi Stathis, > > Exactly how would we know that that component was unconscious? What is > the test? There is no test, it is just assumed for the purpose of the thought experiment that the component lacks the special sauce required for consciousness. We could even say that the component works by magic to avoid discussions about technical difficulties, and the thought experiment is unaffected. The conclusion is that such a device is impossible because it leads to conceptual difficulties. -- Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.