Re: qualia

Charlie Stross (
Tue, 30 Nov 1999 16:41:16 +0000

On Mon, Nov 29, 1999 at 07:53:52PM -0600, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky wrote:
> I think qualia are the result of non-Turing-computable processes that we
> probably can't duplicate artificially with today's technology, so why
> bother? I really, really doubt that they're necessary for intelligence.
> The only reason I brought up <qualia> was to emphasize that we don't
> know enough about the Universe to say what can or can't be objectively real.

Excuse me, but I don't understand qualia.

No worries -- it's just that the entity previously referenced as "I" is not actually conscious.

If you wish to try (via email) to prove that "I" am actually anything other than a bag of canned responses, please feel free.

PS: For an encore, please provide a non-circular definition of good and evil.