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Old 05-22-2019, 04:50 PM
begbert2 is offline
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Originally Posted by RaftPeople View Post
But it seems like we could have a brain that successfully models the environment and produces appropriate behavior without having conscious experience.

I never liked the whole zombie argument before, but I think I see what that argument is getting at.
I'm of the personal opinion that it's incoherent to think that full human reaction and interaction can be achieved by a so-called "zombie" - the mere act of observing the world, interpreting the world, and reacting to the world in an ongoing and consistent way requires that the entity be aware of its environs, itself, and its opinions and memories, in the same way that a car needs some sort of engine to run. (Could be a hemi, could be a hamster wheel, but it's gotta be something.)