[ExI] Newbie Question: Consciousness and Intelligence

Christopher Luebcke cluebcke at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 12 21:24:31 UTC 2010

I was wondering, given the lively back and forth I've seen on this list, whether the participants are agreed on the meanings of the terms "consciousness" and "intelligence". For example, were someone to posit that you cannot have consciousness without intelligence, are the meanings of those two terms widely agreed on? 

I don't mean to be presumptuous and the question is not intended to be sarcastic or ironic, but I have wondered, reading the ongoing debates about matters such as whether a computer (or a computer program) can have "intelligence" or "consciousness", whether the people debating various aspects of those questions are actually in agreement on the terms.

If there are commonly-agreed-upon definitions of these terms, I'd appreciate it if somebody could provide me references. If not...well, that might explain the apparent imperviousness of certain positions to apparently well-formed critiques.

Chris Luebcke

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