[ExI] few bits per second

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Jun 27 09:20:49 UTC 2010

On 27 June 2010 15:47, Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com> wrote:

> In fact, the article seems to be to be logically deficient, to quote:
> 1. Consciousness is something real.
> 2. Physics defines what constitutes physicality.
> 3. Measurement is the cornerstone of physics; if something is not
> physically measurable, it is not a part of physical reality.
> So far this is reasonable.
> 4. It is not possible to measure consciousness.
> What?  My computer has a form of consciousness.  I have no problem in
> making at least a binary determination about the state of its
> consciousness.
> Same with a cat.   I can certainly tell the difference between a dead
> cat, a sleeping cat and a purring one I am petting.
> With humans, doctors have *scales* with which they measure
> consciousness.  Responsiveness is the way they measure consciousness.

If philosophical zombies are possible, then it is not possible to
measure consciousness.

Stathis Papaioannou

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