On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 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.
So you're saying that we can somehow sense the reality of other minds,
beyond any reasoning? Would you agree then that if someone sensed that
a computer had a mind it would have a mind?
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