Thursday, January 22, 2015

Cypriet Madness


Why can’t the worlds greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? (The Guardian)

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots
…There was only one truly hard problem of consciousness, Chalmers said. It was a puzzle so bewildering that, in the months after his talk, people started dignifying it with capital letters – the Hard Problem of Consciousness – and it’s this: why on earth should all those complicated brain processes feel like anything from the inside? Why aren’t we just brilliant robots, capable of retaining information, of responding to noises and smells and hot saucepans, but dark inside, lacking an inner life? And how does the brain manage it? How could the 1.4kg lump of moist, pinkish-beige tissue inside your skull give rise to something as mysterious as the experience of being that pinkish-beige lump, and the body to which it is attached?....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

because they're unconscious.

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