RE: Qualia and the Galactic Loony Bin

Rob Harris Cen-IT (
Mon, 21 Jun 1999 09:58:41 +0100

They act and speak and laugh and `love', but are mere automatons. Since this nightmare is logically possible, Chalmers says, consciousness must be something over and above mere neural structure in action.

How come Chalmers is so certain that "this nightmare" is possible. Scientists in the field all over constantly mention that they know little about the internal workings of the brain. So on what basis is he making this massive assumption? None, I suspect. I've read "The Conscious Mind" and he doesn't back it up in there.....
Anyone got any high-tech info on this?


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