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cynicallyinsane wrote:How do we know that other people are actually conscious? How do we know that they aren't just mindless zombies who behave like they are conscious?
tez wrote:this kind of discussion reqires an iq that you can only dream of.
tez wrote:ive read the postings on this interesting subject, but found the quality to be, at best, infantile.
tez wrote:because zombie minds are pre -programmed, they are able function without thinking. they simply respond to any stimulus according to a comprehensive set of rules and conditions in their data store. zombie personalities cover the whole spectrum of personality. what they do or say will not give away the fact that they are zombies
there is, however, an inate weakness in the zombie programming, because of its mechanical format. this enables us to test whether an entity is zombie, or concious.
take a particular case like colour. we know that colour allows us to more easily identify and position objects in our field of vision. a conscious entity knows that colours are colours, and how to use colours to understand the visual world more easily. a zombie does not have this background information. if a zombie is asked a question such as, what is your favourite colour?, its data base will provide an answer from a list of colours and it will give an immediate reply. it cannot think that colours are colours and that it would be nonsense to favour one over another. the zombie will have given himself away without realising it.
This thread is not about real zombies, it's about how we can tell whether or not we are conscious. Your posts are good but just slightly off topic. You're talking about the mind of a zombie whereas we are talking about how can we tell if something is a zombie, but thanks for your contribution to the definition of zombie
the zombies under discussion in this thread are a philosophical constuction. do you understand? probably not.
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