On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:

> We have very often dismissed emotion

Nothing mysterious about emotion, its just a condition that predisposes a
computer or a human to behave in one way rather than another.

> feelings and consciousness in human.

Unfortunately that is not true for philosophers, they don't dismiss
consciousness in humans, in fact that's just about the only thing they want
to talk about despite the fact that such talk has never once produced
anything of value. However philosophers are reluctant to talk about
intelligence in humans, even though the subject has proven to be much more
fruitful, because its also much harder, and unlike a bullshit consciousness
theory a bullshit intelligence theory is easy to shoot down because you can
see with your own eyes that it just doesn't work, and that takes all the
fun out of theorizing. Another advantage is that to become a consciousness
theorist you really don't need to know anything, a grade school education
is more than enough, but it takes years of study before you can even begin
to figure out how intelligence works, with consciousness you can start
producing hot air immediately and to some that's more fun.

So philosophers continue to blather on and on about consciousness and,
having abandoned the subject, the study of intelligence has been left to
computer scientists, programers, mathematicians and neurologists.

  John K Clark

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