On 10/16/2012 7:44 AM, Stephen P. King wrote:
OK, I am officially confused by your statements. You previously wrote: "Magic
emergence from magic enough complexity has been advocated for almost anything." and now
you suggest that consciousness is contingent on a level of evolution, ala: "... in this
stage of evolution a form of consciousness becomes a necessity".
How is this not an argument for emergence from complexity? What is evolution other
than a mechanism in Nature to generate increasing stable complex structures in the
physical universe? Either consciousness is an irreducible primitive or it is not?
I agree that complexity *is* involved when we consider issues such as "reportablity"
of consciousness, but the property of "having a subjective experience of being in the
world" itself can be strongly argued to flow at the most basic level that allows
If there are no inputs from the world to perceive, e.g. a person in a sensory deprivation
tank, or the 'perceptions' are very simple interactions, e.g. an orbital electron
scattering a photon what will be the content of this subjective experience?
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