An individual's sense can be fooled, but not necessarily fooled forever, and not everyone can be fooled. That doesn't mean that when we look at a beercan in the trash we can't tell that it doesn't literally feel crushed and abandoned. > If you have no sure test for > consciousness that means you might see it where it isn't present or > miss it where it is present. So your friend might be unconscious > despite your feeling that he is, Of course. People have been buried alive because the undertaker was fooled. > and your computer might be conscious > despite your feeling that it is not. > Except my feeling is backed up with my knowledge of what it is - a human artifact designed to mimic certain mental functions. That knowledge should augment my personal intuition, as well as social and cultural reinforcements that indeed there is no reason to suspect that this map of mind is sentient territory. Craig > > > -- > Stathis Papaioannou > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.