On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:00:17 PM UTC-5, telmo_menezes wrote:
> > wrote:
>> On Sat, Feb 2, 2013 Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com
>> > I'm not claiming that intelligence == mind.
>> Do you believe that your fellow human beings have minds? If so why?
> Yes (weakly). Occam's razor. If I'm the only human being with a mind,
> then, for some mysterious reason, there are two types of human beings: me
> (with a mind) and the others (zombies). So heuristically I'm inclined to
> believe that all human beings have a mind, although I know I will never be
> able to prove it.
I question whether it is possible to ask whether your fellow human beings
have minds without resorting to sophistry. I say that not because I am
incapable of questioning naive reasoning, but because it does not
accurately represent the reality of the situation. Just as our 'belief' in
our own mind is an a prori ontological condition which cannot be questioned
without incurring a paradox (whatever disbelieves in its own mind is by
definition a mind), the belief that our fellow human beings have minds does
not necessarily require a logical analysis to arrive at. We know that we
have access to information beyond what we can consciously understand, and
part of that may very well include a capacity to sense, on some level, the
authenticity of another mind, barring any prejudices which might interfere.
>> John K Clark
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