On Wednesday, May 1, 2013 12:57:45 PM UTC-4, Brent wrote:
> On 5/1/2013 7:16 AM, Telmo Menezes wrote:
> >> What would
> >> >constitute a solution to the "hard problem" that could be tested? I
> >> >the best we will be able to do is to understand human brains to the
> >> >that we can manipulate thoughts and emotions as reported by subjects
> and we
> >> >can make AI robots that behave like humans and whose "character" we
> >> >design as desired. When we've done that we'll "bet" (as Bruno would
> >> >that we've solved the problem.
> > This last step is the one that I revolt against. I am all for AI
> > robots that behave like humans -- or better yet, do all of the nasty
> > work for us. Or that appear emotional enough to provide companionship
> > to lonely people. All of this is great. But why bet that we solved the
> > consciousness problem then?
> Why bet that other people are conscious?
> Of course the real reason is that we're hardwired by evolution to make
> that bet.
Are we hardwired by evolution to question that bet also?
> > I don't see how the two things are
> > related. The reason this is forced down our throats is that it is now
> > blasphemy to suggest that Science is not the be-all and end-all of
> > intelectual inquiry. It is possible to love and practice Science and
> > reject this sort of dogma at the same time.
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