[ExI] Trilemma of Consciousness
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Sun May 28 17:14:43 UTC 2017
William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com>
> Maybe I missed something. 'Achieve' consciousness? What does that
> In an AI, OK, got it. In a person it makes utterly no sense.
Well, depending on whether you make a distinction between 'conscious'
and 'self-conscious' or not, I think it does make sense for a person. At
least it does for me. I distinctly remember becoming conscious of being
a conscious being.
The thought "Oh! I'm me!!" suddenly occurred to me at the age of about
10, and it was like a mental explosion, a real revelation. I don't know
if I could be described as being non-conscious before that moment, but I
was certainly different after it, and in my book I 'achieved
consciousness' in that moment.
It made a sufficient impression that I still clearly remember it decades
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