[ExI] Possible seat of consciousness found

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 17 19:45:46 UTC 2020

Since no one has any idea,but many theories, what is wrong with the idea
that any creature who makes a decision, an intelligent act, is conscious?
Or capable of learning, if you want to put it that way.

bill w

On Mon, Feb 17, 2020 at 12:18 PM Dave Sill via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 16, 2020 at 12:08 PM John Clark via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> It's all about Evolution! If what you say about consciousness is correct
>> then Evolution would have never produced it, and yet I know for a fact
>> that it did at least once.
> You keep saying that, but that doesn't make it true.  Evolution isn't some
> omniscient overseer tweaking genes to achieve a desired result. It's
> random mutations that have completely unintended consequences.
> Consciousness happened not because "Evolution" wanted it to, but because
> the right pieces came together the right way. Maybe human-level
> intelligence requires consciousness, maybe it doesn't: it's possible that
> both intelligence and consciousness improve fitness but they're basically
> independent.
> -Dave
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