On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 8:02:41 PM UTC-5, stathisp wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 11:52 AM, Craig Weinberg 
> <whats...@gmail.com<javascript:>> 
> 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? 

Maybe if there was a computer which was not specifically designed to 
deceive our senses... which would mean that it was one which occurred 
naturally and did not include anything which was ever designed or 
programmed by a human being.


> -- 
> Stathis Papaioannou 

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