No, you are being prejudiced against the wrong thought experiment. This is the paper where Chalmers argues that it wouldn't make sense for functionalism not to be true, because gradually replacing a person's mind with functional equivalents that didn't provide qualia would create absurdity (someone who acts like they can taste strawberries but has no idea what they are doing). It's the only instance I can think of where I actually disagree with Chalmers, although I understand why he (and everyone else) assumes that consciousness would have to work that way.. What I see that he has not considered is that consciousness is a the function of uniqueness itself, and propagates through time as experience, not as as a product of mechanism. It's qualities are accessed and focused through the accumulated history of experience, seen to us as matter and mechanism. Instead of fading or absent qualia, I see only coma and death as the replacement neurons encroach on the brain stem irreversible damage would occur just as it would with dementia or a malignant brain tumor. The only difference is that the tumor will be trying to run parts of the body and mind which are no longer relevant to whats left of the person. Craig > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msg/everything-list/-/BRMbwJfUIpIJ. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.