On 1/13/2012 8:30 AM, John Clark wrote:

    > We can even ascribe it [consciousness] a role (explaining its Darwinian 

There is no way consciousness can have a direct Darwinian advantage so it must be a byproduct of something that does have that virtue, and the obvious candidate is intelligence.

That's not so clear since we don't know exactly what is the relation of consciousness to intelligence. For a social animal having an internal model of ones self and being able to model the thought processes of others has obvious reproductive advantage.

O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.
   --- Robert Burns

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