[ExI] Minds, Personalities, and Love

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Thu Jun 28 13:07:54 UTC 2007

On 6/27/07, Thomas <thomas at thomasoliver.net> wrote:

> Not essential for life or observable identity, but personality?  Without
> capacity for consciousness you lose your personhood.   Someone else might
> see you as a person, but they have a sad misunderstanding of the facts.

A deep but well-recognized aspect of thinking about consciousness and
personhood is that an observer can never know, but only assume, the
self-awareness of another person.

A deeper and seldom recognized aspect is that the above statement
applies equally when the observer and the observed are the same

Therein lies the source of much confusion and endless debate.

- Jef

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