[ExI] Quantum consciousness, quantum mysticism, and transhumanist engineering
johnkclark at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 01:55:53 UTC 2017
On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:
> The point I was making is that the implausible idea that evolution
> chanced upon the only way to produce consciousness
if Evolution just got lucky and came up with a consciousness gene by
accident it wouldn't have been able to keep it for long
if consciousness is not a byproduct of intelligence;
it would be lost by genetic drift. All genes experience mutation but if the
gene is vital and the mutation renders it inoperative then
that nonfunctional gene
will not be passed
into the next generation
consciousness gene has no effect o
so there would be no way for natural selection to even notice it was missing
much less select against it
. So in just a few generations humans would be a race of zombies
with a mutated consciousness gene that no longer worked
And yet I know for a fact that I am conscious.
There are only 3 ways out of this contradiction:
1) Darwin was dead wrong.
2) I am unique, I am the last conscious being in the universe
Consciousness is the unavoidable byproduct of intelligence because
consciousness is just the way data feel when it is being processed.
I don't think Darwin was wrong so it's got to be #2 or 3.
> > leads to the even more implausible idea that consciousness is
> independent of brain function.
A change in the physical chemistry
of my brain
leads to a change
conscious experience, such as a itch, leads to a change in a physical
object, such as
nose. I just don't understand what more evidence the skeptics of a
physics-consciousness link need.
John K Clark
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