Hi meekerdb  

1) If you do not have subjective experience, you are dead.
So subjectivity is necessary for evolution.

2) The self cannot be an illusion, for it is the perceiver.

Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
"Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 

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Time: 2012-10-09, 13:07:29 
Subject: Re: Zombieopolis Thought Experiment 

On 10/9/2012 7:17 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:  

On 08 Oct 2012, at 19:35, meekerdb wrote: 

On 10/8/2012 8:42 AM, John Clark wrote:  
2) Intelligent behavior is NOT associated with subjective experience, in which 
case there is no reason for Evolution to produce consciousness and I have no 
explanation for why I am here, and I have reason to believe that I am the only 
conscious being in the universe. 

There's a third possibility: Intelligent behavior is sometimes associated with 
subjective experience and sometimes not.  Evolution may have produced 
consciousness as a spandrel, an accident of the particular developmental path 
that evolution happened upon.  Or it may be that consciousness is necessarily 
associated with only certain kinds of intelligent behavior, e.g. those related 
to language. 

Consciousness is when you bet in your consistency, or in a reality, to help 

Consciousness precedes language, but follows perception and sensation. It 
unifies the interpretation of the senses, making the illusion possible. 

What illusion?  The illusion of self? 


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