I don't know about the why, but this seems pretty promising for the how: http://www.insidescience.org/content/physicist-proposes-new-way-think-about-intelligence/987 "Wissner-Gross calls the concept at the center of the research "causal entropic forces." These forces are the motivation for intelligent behavior. They encourage a system to preserve as many future histories as possible. " No qualia required, just thermodynamic modeling. Craig > >> Any logical system must start with unproven axioms and the fewer and >> the simpler the better, and I can't think of a better axiom to start with >> than that one. >> >> > Why? All of current science works fine without it. Its only function is >> religious. >> > > But as I said before, I personally would not work fine if I thought I was > the only conscious being in the universe and I very much doubt that you > would either; unless of course you are not conscious now and never have > been. > > >> Do you know for sure that I am conscious? >>> >> >> > > No. >> > >> > >> For that matter all you know about me is the ASCII sequences I have >>> produced, so do you even know for sure that I'm not a computer? >>> >> >> > > No. >> > > EXCELLENT! Congratulations your views are consistent, and thus your doubts > about the consciousness of a intelligent computer must not be any greater > than your doubts about the consciousness of a intelligent human being. > > John K Clark > > > > > > > > > -- 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.