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Is it possible to be conscious without feeling emotions?

Emotion is a necessary component of consciousness, as the name indicates, consciousness means human mind being conscious or having more complex understanding of and interaction with surroundings. For ...
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In a view that consciousness is illusion, what does statement "I am conscious" mean?

There's only one ultimate consciousness upon gradations of itself. If you can understand that every action is predestined "layed" and you can pre-appoint that data exactly without having a ...
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In a view that consciousness is illusion, what does statement "I am conscious" mean?

You are mixing up two states -- One is consciousness (non-dual state -- the real state) and the other is dual state of words or verbal forms of some great men after recollecting that/their experience. ...
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In a view that consciousness is illusion, what does statement "I am conscious" mean?

To answer such a question we have to begin by trying to build a systematic theory of how to assign meaning to propositions in general, in a materialist world. To do that, we need to look at the brain ...
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In a view that consciousness is illusion, what does statement "I am conscious" mean?

These sort of questions always fascinate me, as perhaps abstract ways of finding the limits of what our awareness can reach. But they are not very practical. A valuable way of thinking of illusion and ...
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What if I get born again as the same person for ever?

That would be great, imagine mining Bitcoin in 2009.
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What causes the universe to vibrate?

Your fixation with static electricity is just weird, and not grounded in science. And there is the Higgs field, and the electromagnetic field, which have most in common with what you seem to be saying ...
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What causes the universe to vibrate?

If we agree that space is static, then we could suggest that space directly causes vibration due to its static nature which is an essential component to vibration. The other component being motion of ...
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Why is it impossible for a program or AI to have semantic understanding?

There are many answers already posted here, which offer significant insight. However, I don't see any that seem to fully understand the point of Searle's thought problem, and many that take ...
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Why is it impossible for a program or AI to have semantic understanding?

At the risk of appearing naive, I would just note to the questioner that in all these very good answers, it is not entirely clear what is meant by "semantics" and "meaning." I ...
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What (if anything) is wrong with Searle's analogy?"..."

I think a better way to get at this problem (at least from a materialist perspective) is to blend the metaphors: think of the brain as being something akin to a weather system (a non-linear dynamic ...
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What (if anything) is wrong with Searle's analogy?"..."

I think the main problem with Searle's analogy is that it is backward. The execution of a program is a sequence of states, i.e. a mapping from an index sequence into the set of possible states. A ...
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Why wouldn't Searle learn Chinese in his Room given infinite time?

You have to be careful to distinguish between the inanimate objects in the room, which do not possess understanding, and the human being, who does possess understanding (as in, the general ability to ...
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Why is it impossible for a program or AI to have semantic understanding?

Searle isn't making the point that programs cannot be semantic, he is starting from the definition of a computer program - which is formal, a.k.a syntactical - and then drawing parallels to human ...
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