[ExI] Molecular Materialism

John Clark johnkclark at gmail.com
Sun Dec 29 14:53:56 UTC 2019

On Sun, Dec 29, 2019 at 1:43 AM Stuart LaForge via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

*> Molecular Materialism is actually an empirically testable theory
> of qualia.*

No theory of qualia is testable. You can test for intelligence, you can
test for how someone or something behaves, you can objectively test for
what colors a person or animal or AI can distinguish between, but there is
no way to know what subjective feelings they are having when they are doing
so or even experimentally show that they have any at all. Empiricism is all
about objectivity, but qualia is about subjectivity. That's one reason why
I think intelligence theories are far more important than consciousness
theories. Another reason is that one can make you a billionaire and one

 John K Clark
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