On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:52 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com>wrote:

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> On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 6:00:17 PM UTC-5, telmo_menezes wrote:
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>> On Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 7:49 PM, John Clark <johnk...@gmail.com> wrote:
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>> On Sat, Feb 2, 2013  Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com> wrote:
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>>> > I'm not claiming that intelligence == mind.
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>>> Do you believe that your fellow human beings have minds? If so why?
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>> 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.
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> 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.
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Ok, that is a testable hypotesis (once we have sufficiently advanced AI and
robotics).


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