From: John Clark <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> Date: Monday, November 29, 1999 10:23 PM Subject: Re: qualia
>Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wrote:
> > I really, really doubt that they're [qualia] necessary for
>Then will somebody please explain to me why evolution ever came up with
>Even a hint would be wonderful advance.
Qualia by itself would not make any difference, not a molecule of
difference, in behavior. Qualia have no evolutionary benefit at all.. this
means that qualia are either
1) an amazing coincidence, or
2) a bi-product of something which does have evolutionary benefit, most likely cognition. It also probably means that cognition without consciousness is impossible.
> John K Clark email@example.com