Everyone has said everything they're gonna say about qualia. I propose this topic be designated a dead horse and banned by voluntary consensus from the list. If anyone would care to go over the Extropian archives, extract all the posts on the subject, and organize them into some kind of giant message tree, it would make a nice tombstone.
I'm sorry I ever mentioned qualia. I just wanted to use the previously debated points, which I had hoped everyone would remember without needing to reopen the subject, as support for an unrelated argument. I should have realized the controversy would once more shamble forth from its grave to eat the brains of the living. I repent of my foolishness. I ask your forgiveness. And I beg for silence.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky.
-- firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/tmol-faq/meaningoflife.html Running on BeOS Typing in Dvorak Programming with Patterns Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way