Re: [sl4] Re: Uploads coming first would be good, right?.

From: Matt Mahoney (
Date: Mon Feb 23 2009 - 07:07:05 MST

--- On Mon, 2/23/09, Stuart Armstrong <> wrote:

> > I also believe that I am not conscious (because there
> would be absolutely no change in my behavior if I was).
> Meaning that, from your point of view, the word conscious is
> meaningless - since its presence or abscence has no observable
> consequences.
> You need to do a bit more work on your definition, because for the
> moment, saying "everyone is programmed to believe they are conscious"
> is also a meaningless statement.

By "consciousness" I mean the common definition of what we call awareness or qualia,

or more clearly, that which distinguishes a human from a philosophical zombie,

which of course has no meaning when you analyze it, but still it is that thing that everyone wants to preserve in themselves.

-- Matt Mahoney,

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