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Comment 27 by Quine

S.Cat, how would you convince a skeptic that you are not a philosophical zombie? Note, just claiming that you "know" that you are not, is insufficient.

But I do know that I am not. The fact that you can't peer inside and see the internal world is precisely the nature of the 'hard problem'. In fact your very demand poses that the hard problem is unsolvable !

I could equally turn your question around. How would you ever know that you had created a conscious machine ? If you cannot ever know....then the hard problem will never be solved.

Consciousness will have a scientific solution the day a scientist can point and say 'that machine is conscious.......that other machine isn't'.

Tue, 18 Oct 2011 00:45:35 UTC | #881663