On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM, David Nyman <da...@davidnyman.com> wrote:
> On 3 April 2012 00:31, Stathis Papaioannou <stath...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dick could have the same doubts about any medical treatment short of
>> total brain replacement. Perhaps taking perindopril for hypertension
>> turns people into zombies.
> The "same" doubts?  Really?

If philosophical zombies are possible then the behavioural test for
the presence of consciousness is invalid. Any physical change to your
body could destroy your soul and neither you nor anyone else would
know. It might seem reasonable to assume that zombification is more
likely with a more extreme brain change but if there is an immaterial
soul you can't really say this, and maybe eating a ham sandwich is
just as bad as brain replacement.

Stathis Papaioannou

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