[ExI] How not to make a thought experiment

Spencer Campbell lacertilian at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 20:49:40 UTC 2010

John Clark <jonkc at bellsouth.net>:
> I'm also a little curious why Swobe takes at face value a report from a
> human being that he has subjective experience but if a robot, regardless of
> how intelligent, reports the same thing Swobe is certain he is lying.

Because human beings have brains!


No. It's because Gordon is a human, and Gordon can detect his own
consciousness, and so Gordon assumes that other humans can do the
same. It's a reasonable assumption, even if it does vaccinate him
against a whole class of extremely relevant thought.

If you must keep picking on him, at least try to distinguish between
the strong parts of his argument and the weak parts. This was a strong
part. You only made it stronger.

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