[ExI] The alleged existence of consciousness

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Tue Feb 16 12:34:50 UTC 2010

On 15 February 2010 21:22, Christopher Luebcke <cluebcke at yahoo.com> wrote:
> The question, I believe, is how you determine that somebody (or something) else is "conscious", not how you determine that you yourself are.

I would go a little farther.

Consciousness is a social construct even when it refers to oneself
(and, btw, social constructs *do* exist, simply they are not

And a-priori evidence does not really cut it otherwise. Somebody can
well be persuaded to be conscious, and even be subvocalising on the
subject, e.g., while dreaming, having a near-death experience, or
being under some drugs, even though in fact he or she is not.

Stefano Vaj

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