Outside of consciousness, there is no possibility of discerning any difference between accidental byproducts and selected products. Only consciousness selects. Only consciousness has accidents.
Craig On Friday, February 8, 2013 5:53:18 PM UTC-5, Brent wrote: > > 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. > > > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spandrel_%28biology%29<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spandrel_%28biology%29> > > > 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). > > Brent > -- 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 email@example.com. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.