On 2/8/2013 10:49 AM, John Clark wrote:
I don't know what you mean by that, what I mean is that consciousness is a spandrel, it
is the unavoidable result of intelligence.
Or it could be an accidental byproduct of the way human intelligence developed -
unavoidable only in the sense that it was the only reachable intelligent starting from
hominds. Evolution can only move species to local maxima of fitness.
In Roland Omnes recent book he imagines an alien race that has enormous memory capacity,
so that simply remember everything that has happened and what was done and when the need
to make a decision they just do the thing that turned out best in the past. It's Omnes
caricature of Hume's theory of cause and effect. But his idea is that such aliens
wouldn't develop 'theories' as we do to summarize past events. Would they be conscious?
I don't know, but I'd guess they wouldn't be conscious in the way I am (I don't remember
what I had for breakfast yesterday...but I have a theory).
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