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Epiphenominalists are often trying to accommodate scientific facts without discarding the reality of the mind. Various things happen that do not accord with the folk-psychology that all immediate experience must be shaped the way we generally discuss it in words. Instead, it is partly conditioned by the existence of words, and their purpose. (The entire ...


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I haven’t found any literature that discusses matter similar to your thought experiment, so the followings will be just my interpretation of some existing theories as I understand them. First, let’s be clear what it means for something to be the same when it has been altered (like being distorted in your thought experiment). IMO, that thing will ...


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The general and blurry line between folk psychology and scientifically rigorous psychology is one, first and foremost, about representations in a presumed (mostly) realist metaphysical position about the world. What the behavioral sciences purport to give is more accurate, more confident propositions about the world than the back-of-the-envelope calculations ...


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The simplest answer to this question is to remember that correlation does not equal causation. Neural correlates are exactly that: biological phenomena that correlate with subjective experiences of consciousness. We have no clear idea (yet) what produces (causes) the subjective experience of consciousness, and so we have no theory on which to base a ...


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Information, information that exists in the neural processes, is probably the physical quantity that correlates perfectly with consciousness. Consciousness is a very complex and dynamic entity: you’re conscious of many things that have a lot of complicated, fine details and that always change and change rapidly (in milliseconds), such as the consciousness ...


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Yes there is a point. If we consider that the future of the solar system includes the expansion of the sun to a red giant, enveloping the orbit of planet earth, followed by collapse into a white dwarf, then the possibility of uploading consciousness into something that can survive in outer space, not suffer ageing and is able to travel the cosmos for a few ...


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It is not totally clear what the question is (perhaps edit), but I take it to be whether there are other candidate physical correlates of consciousness. An obvious candidate would be behavioral correlates of consciousness, such as people talking about how amazing it is that there are qualia. In the Scott Aaronson talk you link to above, slide 13 mentions ...


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