On 4/23/2013 12:27 AM, Russell Standish wrote:
It seems to me that consciousness admits of degrees. When I'm asleep I'm conscious, but
in a different way so that I'm less aware of perceptions. And the transition from waking
to sleeping isn't sharp. And there are different modes of consciousness. I can reflect
on being conscious, but I don't think that many animals can do that.
On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 01:02:59PM -0400, John Clark wrote:
On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 , Russell Standish <li...@hpcoders.com.au> wrote:
If so and consciousness is a all or nothing matter and is not on a
continuum then you should vividly remember the very instant you went to
sleep last night. Do you?
Why? I don't remember every waking moment when I'm fully alert either.
But you have fallen asleep many many thousands of times, in all your life
have you EVERY remembered the exact instant you've passed from
consciousness to unconsciousness? I think you don't remember it because
there is no such instant, it's a continuum.
The last time I had general anaesthetic, I remember the count of the
anaesthetist up to 4, but not any number higher than that. I would
presume he would have continued counting, until he was sure I was
If someone stood next to my bed counting while I was trying to go to
sleep, though, I would probably strangle them!
Are you really trying to make
the case that consciousness is a all or nothing matter that is so simple it
can be completely described with just one bit of information, on or off?
Yes. I don't see how it could be otherwise.
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