On Thu, May 12, 2022 at 7:54 PM Lawrence Crowell < goldenfieldquaterni...@gmail.com> wrote:
On Friday, April 22, 2022 at 9:38:52 PM UTC-5 Jason wrote: > *>If simple creatures like worms or insects are conscious, (because they >> have brains, and evolved), then wouldn't these artificial life forms be >> conscious for the same reasons?* >> > > > Since consciousness is a subjective experience, how can one know for > sure? You can't know for sure just as you can't know for sure that solipsism is untrue, but you know that consciousness by itself produces no evolutionary advantage only behavior does, and you know you are conscious, so if you believe in Darwin's theory you'd know that evolution managed to produce at least one conscious thing and conclude that things that behave intelligently are conscious. So to the extent that worms and artificial life behave intelligently they are also conscious. Probably. John K Clark See what's on my new list at Extropolis <https://groups.google.com/g/extropolis> pne -- 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 view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/everything-list/CAJPayv0_oSeNXUDz-S3mEeHCPMXk3OCDvwWA%2B8eTVVPN6mBcqQ%40mail.gmail.com.