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Consciousness, and related notions like sentience and self-awareness, denote the capacity of certain organisms to express recognition of their own presence in the world.

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Will it be right to enslave AI?

This question has been boggling my mind for quite some time now. As we see the clear rise of artistic content made by AI, we also see people consuming the artificial content. There was this post in ...
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Can the capitalist class, as individuals, relate to proletarians in non-abusive ways?

Can the capitalist class, as individuals, relate to proletarians in non-abusive ways? Either no, or I am still waiting.
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Under physicalism, should I still be sad if my murdered wife is replaced with a perfect clone?

Context: This question follows up on Under physicalism, can my consciousness reappear in a different body?. Assume, for the sake of argument, that some form of physicalism is true. Imagine my wife is ...
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Under physicalism, can my consciousness reappear in a different body?

For the sake of argument, let's assume some form of physicalism is true. If physicalism holds, how fundamental can consciousness be? Would it make sense to talk about individual discretized ...
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Is the many worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics consistent with the big bang?

I might come under critism for an incomplete understanding of quantum mechanics but as far as my knowledge of quantum mechanics the interpretation of observable behaviour in the world, as to an ...
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Is "Cogito ergo sum" a trap for fools or did Descartes believe he discovered a principle?

Rene' Descartes espoused a philosophy in which he rejected all propositions whose truth he was uncertain of, things he could doubt, to thereby see what remained, in order to become keenly aware of his ...
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Why so many scientifically sane people are so ignorant in question about human consciousness? [closed]

Question in subject I guess clear enough, nothing to add into body. Scientific sanity - we typically understand evidence based approach or Popper criteria. Ignorance - Socrat described it in best way, ...
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"i think therefore i am", revist, does criticisms really hold?

In Wikipedia the critiques don't make much sense to me https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito,_ergo_sum#Critique For example, it is said that "Saul Fisher 'points out that recognition that one has ...
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Is consciousness causally superfluous?

I cannot for the life of me even conceptualize the idea of conscious decisions causing an actual, physical effect (unless one becomes an idealist). Consciousness will always be a first person ...
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Consciousness and language?

I would like to read upon the finer points of defining consciousness. One view is that consciousness whatever it is cannot be commited to language - (a possible wittgenstien viewpoint).The other view ...
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Are all the “needs and wants” of the universe already thought of?

Technology is always progressing and science appears to be bottomless. But is there a limit to the needs and wants of a living being? Our ancient ancestors weren’t that much different than us. I’m ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

As Alzheimer's disease kills off neurons, a person's personality and cognitive abilities gradually fade away. Doesn't this suggest that the self or "soul" is simply an emergent property of ...
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Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error?

Every time we create an explanation for something in the physical world we represent the world with objects with various different structures and properties etc. We then relate these structures to ...
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What is the conceptual difference between the hard problem of consciousness and giving a complete account of a cat?

There is no way that I can explain or give a complete account of a cat using merely the molecules and processes that make up the cat. I could, of course, list them all. But ultimately they would still ...
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Is consciousness "what the introspective faculty measures"?

For the purposes of this question, the "introspective faculty" is a particular subsystem of the brain that is capable of analyzing other subsystems of the brain and emitting judgments like, &...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

I have heard the terms "mind" and "consciousness" used interchangeably, but I am now wondering, is there a difference between them? If so, what is the difference between them? I ...
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What does “consciousness is an illusion” mean? [duplicate]

Some scientists and philosophers think that consciousness is an illusion or hallucination of our brain, that consciousness does not exist. What does it mean? If consciousness does not exist, then what ...
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What do we deem conscious or not? Is it just sensations and experiences? What is the cutoff point to claim that something is conscious?

What I am trying to ask in particular is how do we know what is conscious and what is not just because something moves, breathes and interacts with the environment doesn't mean it is necessarily ...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

In "gradual brain replacement," a person's neurons are gradually, over the course of perhaps a few minutes or hours, replaced by nanites, while the person is conscious and talking about the ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness based on a faulty premise?

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining why any physical state is conscious rather than nonconscious. It is the problem of explaining why there is “something it is like” for a ...
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Is it possible for there to be an AI chatbot that is a philosophical non-zombie?

As far as I know, the current philosophical consensus is that chatbots like ChatGPT are not conscious. However, in analogy with philosophical zombies, would it be possible to have a "...
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Can rocks suffer on panpsychism?

On panpsychism, everything has consciousness. If so, does it entail that all entities in the universe, such as rocks, bricks, plants, water, air, etc., can experience suffering? If this holds, what ...
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Is it even possible to know, from the outside, whether a physical system is conscious?

I take it for granted that other humans, and other higher animals like chimpanzees and dogs and cats, are conscious. But is it even possible to know, from the outside, whether a physical system is ...
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Can one be cruel to nonsentient things?

I recently read a paper in the journal "Analysis" titled, "Can one be cruel to a chair?". This got me thinking, can people be cruel to nonsentient objects? I believe that, while ...
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Should the evidence of OBEs and NDEs increase our epistemic probability of non-physicalist views of consciousness?

Should reports of out-of-body experiences (OBEs) and near-death experiences (NDEs) increase our epistemic probability of non-physicalist views of consciousness? In other words, should we judge non-...
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Is the fundamental nature of knowledge intimately linked to the fundamental nature of minds (consciousness)?

This is a follow-up to Is knowledge non-physical?. Can knowledge exist outside of minds? Can something devoid of consciousness truly possess knowledge? Consider objects like books, inscribed rocks, ...
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Location of Soul

Colloquially, we often have a notion that souls are like some sort of ghosts or "cloud inside a bottle" that leave body after death. I feel the notion of soul in a bit different way. I feel ...
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To what extent are reasoning and arguments essential to bridge the gap from sense perception to the belief in an external world?

Let A denote the set of sense perceptions of a conscious being, and let B represent that conscious being's belief in the existence of an external world. Sense perceptions include sight, hearing, touch,...
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What exactly is identity theory?

On the discussion related to the question here, there seemed to be many disagreements between users in regards to identity theory and its implications on whether psychophysical harmony needs ...
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Under reductive materialism, could the same brain state evoke distinct conscious experiences (qualia) in two universes within a multiverse?

For the sake of discussion, let's grant the validity of reductive materialism. Moreover, let's entertain the notion that our universe is just one among an infinite (or significantly vast) number of ...
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How philosopher who claims that they not a p-zombie could be so confident that everyone else are not p-zombie?

There is exists an interesting concept of philosophical zombie. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie To understand problem behind that concept, there is also interesting movie series ...
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Does psychophysical harmony strongly point toward theism?

From Psychophysical Harmony: A New Argument for Theism, by Brian Cutter & Dustin Crummett: Abstract This paper develops a new argument from consciousness to theism: the argument from ...
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Which philosopher fits the following description? [closed]

I'm not a philosopher so please forgive me if this question does not belong here here is a list of my interpretation of other philosophers that I'm familiar with Their names Their words My ...
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The "object" notion of consciousness

Consider the following perspective: Consciousness is associated with (but not identified with) mental events describing its contents. For example, the thought, "I see a dog" can be ...
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What would happen if I suddenly lost consciousness?

What would happen if I (my body) suddenly lost consciousness? Let's say a freak accident caused the part of my brain responsible for connecting/creating/hallucinating my "being", my ...
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Is the act of discussing mental events itself a refutation of epiphenomenalism?

If I didn't experience consciousness mentally then I couldn't talk about consciousness with my physical mouth or write about consciousness with my physical hands. Is this an instance of mental events ...
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On the conceivability of philosophical zombies [duplicate]

A big question in the philosophy of consciousness is whether philosophical zombies are conceivable, and if they are, are they also metaphysically possible. I believe the answer is yes. At least, I can ...
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Can Consciousness be Computationally Reconstructed from a Painting?

Suppose that Pablo Picasso was undergoing an arbitrary conscious experience while putting the finishing touches on Guernica. Would it be possible to reverse-engineer that conscious experience ...
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Is this a statistical argument for reincarnation being almost inevitable?

In a scenario in which we have conscious souls (ignoring all the arguments against that for now), would the following be a statistical argument for reincarnation? Supposing we are in something like an ...
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Does chat-gpt have an unconscious? [closed]

Does chat-gpt have an unconscious? Do you need qualia (which I feel chat-gpt lacks, though in reality I don't know what it is, rather than what it outputs) to have an unconscious, or just the capacity ...
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Is Conscious Awareness of Phenomenal Experience a Correlate of the Constitutive Activity of Kant's Reason?

In the introduction to Kant's Critique of Pure Reason by Marcus Weigelt, Weigelt writes, "Reason, although sometimes understood as the faculty that encompasses all thought (for instance when we ...
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What is It Like to Be a Bat?

This year half a century has passed since Thomas Nagel published his paper “What is It Like to Be a Bat?”, see here. This is a seminal paper. It reaches out far beyond most discussions on the problem ...
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Deterministic simulation and Pascal's mugging

So the canonical description of Pascal's mugging involves simulation, and torment, of a large number of self-aware beings. What makes it even worse is that it involves a Turing machine doing the ...
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About the validity of the Zombie concept

Related Posts that I read: why zombies' existence imply physicalism is false "Could all of us be zombies" assumption Context Just to make sure we talk about the same type of Zombie, here ...
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Is consciousness universal?

I have just read "Why" by Philip Goff. He proposes that matter consists of conscious entities. Physics based on mathematics tells us what matter does, not what it is. This has implications ...
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Consciousness by John Searle

In a referenced interview, Searle outlines a condensed theory of consciousness with three key assumptions: Consciousness is real, including illusions. It is caused by brain processes (neural ...
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Why do I have the perception of a chair (or other objects) ? - first person experience question

I'm asking variations of this question (in discussions elsewhere). Some people seem to get what I mean, and say "I think that important etc etc but I do not know the answer" and others say &...
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Where would consciousness be located in a machine? [closed]

The conscious thought I experience is behind my eyes and is located within my skull. I assume that experience is common. however, it may not be? In replicating consciousness in a machine such as a ...
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physio-philosophical view of the phenomenon/appearance/representation

This is somewhat a scientific question, but I presume a philosopher could have some interesting spin, or even an answer and be better fit for the question. Why do we have a subjective perception of a ...
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How strong is the argument for quantum mind theory?

I know little about philosophy and I've been reading into consciousness. From an uneducated view, David Pearce's argument seems strong. https://www.biointelligence-explosion.com/parable.html What ...
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