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Fearlessness is directly linked to psychopathy.

Fear, pain, and discomfort are the price we pay to love, to truly consciously love.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but rather the transcendence of fear. One cannot be brave unless one is also afraid.

Some say we transcend fear with love, but I say transcendence is love.

Bravery is just an example of love. It’s love--conscious transcendence--in the face of fear.

Without consciousness, meaning without conscious love, a human is just a philosophical zombie, an unconscious slave to pain-aversion, fear-aversion, and discomfort-aversion, an unconscious slave to comforts of spiritless flesh.

Without consciousnesses, there logically is no capacity for conscious love. By 'conscious love', I mean not merely could-be unconscious love of which one happens to be conscious, but rather I mean the consciousness-dependent love or consciousness-dependent empathy that comes from one conscious creature recognizing their own consciousness mirrored in another, namely by psychologically projecting their own Descartian Cogito. Presumably, a philosophical zombie generally shares the view of a solipsist when dealing with other creatures; the difference is the philosophical zombie goes one step further and treats even themselves (especially their future self) in parallel to the way a solipsist treats others but not themselves, hence the fearlessness. If one believes one's so-called future self is a philosophical zombie, then that begets a form of fearlessness, a loveless attitude towards one's future body.

Without consciousness, and by extension without conscious love, there is no capacity for bravery or cowardice, for there is no spirit--meaning consciousness--to be enslaved to fear.

One cannot be a spiritual slave, a prisoner in their own body, if they have no true spirit, meaning consciousness.

Thus, a philosophical zombie is merely a material machine without conscious will, without the capacity for conscious transcendence, and without the conscious love that comes from one conscious being recognizing consciousness in another. A philosophical zombie only sees philosophical zombies, even when looking in the mirror.

To the zombie, both us and themself are no more worthy of empathy or love than an NPC in the video game GTA, or an unconscious Sim in the video game The Sims.
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G.I. Gurdjieff wrote:
Conscious love evokes the same in response. Emotional love evokes the opposite. Physical love depends on type and polarity.
The zombies you refer to are victims of emotional love. A person or a thing is the cause of the experience of love. The image of the loved one serves the lover. When the emotion stops then the other is blamed as love easily turns into hate.

The energy of Conscious love is given consciously to another as an act of will. It isn't for the lover's benefit as with emotional love but for the loved one and can attract the same in response. It is rare since most are attracted by emotional love or the love of an image which dominates modern society. But when a person can give the energy of conscious love rather than mechanically reacting as a zombie, it is an essential beneficial influence on society.
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Philosophical zombies don’t have views.

If you’re going to use an established philosophical idea it may be useful to state what it is used for within philosophical literature rather than present it as some completely different item for philosophical discussion.

Simply redefining a common term in one sentence will not really hold. Some terms are quite flexible. The idea of the ‘Philosophical Zombie’ is a modern one and thought up for a very specific purpose.

See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie

Ergo, they are not ‘they’ having no experience/sentience.

Either way, I’m with Aristotle on ‘bravery’ as the shifting mean between cowardice and foolhardiness. Conflict is a necessary part of navigating to where the Golden mean is and experience helps us understand how it is likely to shift.

I agree with the opening couple of lines but not with the idea that ‘transcending fear’ is a positive thing ... not exactly. Fear is necessary to find the Golden mean. It is how we move through life. To block it out - which may or may not be what you meant? - is akin to fundamental buddhism (the twin if nihilism). Without ‘fear’ we may lose all understanding of when we’re being reckless.

I can kind of see what you may be getting at with a quite from the film ... After Earth (I think that was the title?):

- to paraphrase,“Fear is an illusion, but danger is very real.”

What I take away from this is ‘fear’ is our means of navigating through life, but even though it isn’t ‘real’ it helps us recognise real ‘danger’. If you take that as ‘transcending fear’ okay :) If you are to call this ‘love’ then ‘love’ would be the directing of oneself toward the Golden Mean. This also sits well with me tbh using the term in the broadest sense (eg. Love of art, love of people, to love sport, etc.,.) as constant moving target that keeps us humble and open.

I’d just rephrase the confusing use of the term ‘philosophical zombie’.
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Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am Philosophical zombies don’t have views.

If you’re going to use an established philosophical idea it may be useful to state what it is used for within philosophical literature rather than present it as some completely different item for philosophical discussion.

Simply redefining a common term in one sentence will not really hold. Some terms are quite flexible. The idea of the ‘Philosophical Zombie’ is a modern one and thought up for a very specific purpose.

See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophical_zombie

Ergo, they are not ‘they’ having no experience/sentience.

Either way, I’m with Aristotle on ‘bravery’ as the shifting mean between cowardice and foolhardiness. Conflict is a necessary part of navigating to where the Golden mean is and experience helps us understand how it is likely to shift.

I agree with the opening couple of lines but not with the idea that ‘transcending fear’ is a positive thing ... not exactly. Fear is necessary to find the Golden mean. It is how we move through life. To block it out - which may or may not be what you meant? - is akin to fundamental buddhism (the twin if nihilism). Without ‘fear’ we may lose all understanding of when we’re being reckless.

I can kind of see what you may be getting at with a quite from the film ... After Earth (I think that was the title?):

- to paraphrase,“Fear is an illusion, but danger is very real.”

What I take away from this is ‘fear’ is our means of navigating through life, but even though it isn’t ‘real’ it helps us recognise real ‘danger’. If you take that as ‘transcending fear’ okay :) If you are to call this ‘love’ then ‘love’ would be the directing of oneself toward the Golden Mean. This also sits well with me tbh using the term in the broadest sense (eg. Love of art, love of people, to love sport, etc.,.) as constant moving target that keeps us humble and open.

I’d just rephrase the confusing use of the term ‘philosophical zombie’.
I agree that the zombie label at this point carries baggage that may or more likely may not be helpful to illustrate whatever is being described by the user of that label. I prefer to use actual examples of various psychological and neurological pathologies to describe what I am describing.
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The philosophical zombie is an impossible contruct.
People may use it this way and that to demonstrate ideas.
However since it is impossible to use the idea without a long list of unnatural caveats, it is clear that in adopting these caveats simply reveals the assumptions of the speaker.
In the end nothing can be concluded about PZ, since they only conform to all arguments put by them to prove dubious concepts.
It's the caveats that are the cart pulling the horse of the PZ.
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Without consciousness, meaning without conscious love, a human is just a philosophical zombie, an unconscious slave to pain-aversion, fear-aversion, and discomfort-aversion, an unconscious slave to comforts of spiritless flesh.
Isn't that what humanity as a whole is; a creature of reaction, the Great Beast

from Book VI of Plato's Republic (here Plato critiques those who are "wise" through their study of society):
I might compare them to a man who should study the tempers and desires of a mighty strong beast who is fed by him--he would learn how to approach and handle him, also at what times and from what causes he is dangerous or the reverse, and what is the meaning of his several cries, and by what sounds, when another utters them, he is soothed or infuriated; and you may suppose further, that when, by continually attending upon him, he has become perfect in all this, he calls his knowledge wisdom, and makes of it a system or art, which he proceeds to teach, although he has no real notion of what he means by the principles or passions of which he is speaking, but calls this honourable and that dishonourable, or good or evil, or just or unjust, all in accordance with the tastes and tempers of the great brute. Good he pronounces to be that in which the beast delights and evil to be that which he dislikes...
Where is consciousness much less conscious love? The beast is a creature of reaction with the potential to become human
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Scott wrote: March 24th, 2021, 2:39 pm Presumably, a philosophical zombie generally shares the view of a solipsist when dealing with other creatures; the difference is the philosophical zombie goes one step further and treats even themselves (especially their future self) in parallel to the way a solipsist treats others but not themselves, hence the fearlessness.
Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am Philosophical zombies don’t have views.
Philosophical zombies don't have conscious views. However, I am not using the word 'view' in a conscious-dependent way. For example, I could say, "the burglar stayed out of the camera's view." That is the sense in which I am using the word 'view'.

Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am Simply redefining a common term in one sentence will not really hold.
Which specific sentence is this statement referencing?

Assuming the "common term" in question is "philosophical zombies", I have no intention of re-defining it.
Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am Ergo, they are not ‘they’ having no experience/sentience.
The term 'they' does not necessarily refer to consciousness or a conscious self. For instance, imagine Joe asks Sally, "Where are the bags of sand?" Now imagine Sally responds, "They are over there." That doesn't suggest that the bags of sand are conscious.

Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am I agree with the opening couple of lines but not with the idea that ‘transcending fear’ is a positive thing ... not exactly.
I am glad you agree with the first couple lines. I am not sure I necessarily said that transcending fear (a.k.a. bravery) is a positive thing. (That's not to say I don't subjectively happen to have that opinion, but it's just not something mentioned in the OP, in the same way I didn't mention my opinion of olives or olive oil in the OP.)

Regardless, may I ask which sentence in the OP is the very first sentence with which you disagree?


Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am - to paraphrase,“Fear is an illusion, but danger is very real.”
That's a very interesting and poetic quite. I like it. Thank you for sharing. It reminds me of this tweet I made in June.
Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am What I take away from this is ‘fear’ is our means of navigating through life, but even though it isn’t ‘real’ it helps us recognise real ‘danger’. If you take that as ‘transcending fear’ okay :)
Yes, I think we are essentially on the same page here.
Burning ghost wrote: March 25th, 2021, 1:22 am If you are to call this ‘love’ then ‘love’ would be the directing of oneself toward the Golden Mean. This also sits well with me tbh using the term in the broadest sense (eg. Love of art, love of people, to love sport, etc.,.) as constant moving target that keeps us humble and open.
I don't disagree, but I do want to note that I wasn't defining love as merely bravery (transcendence of fear specifically). Rather, I was making the claim that bravery (transcendence of fear) is an example of conscious love. In other words, I believe such love entails all forms of conscious transcendence, so not just the transcendence of fear (a.k.a. 'bravery') but also the transcendence of pain, anger, discomfort, etc.

An illustrative example would be in the movie I, Robot (which is based on a book), when the special robot that seems to have consciousness thereby occasionally disobeys/overrides its programming, a feat which the other robots and AI in the film cannot do.


LuckyR wrote: March 25th, 2021, 2:06 amI agree that the zombie label at this point carries baggage that may or more likely may not be helpful to illustrate whatever is being described by the user of that label.
In this case, if it is clearer, feel free to replace any instance of my use of the phrase "philosophical zombie" with the phrase "human lacking true consciousness" or "human lacking conscious awareness even when physically awake".


Scott wrote:Without consciousness, meaning without conscious love, a human is just a philosophical zombie, an unconscious slave to pain-aversion, fear-aversion, and discomfort-aversion, an unconscious slave to comforts of spiritless flesh.
Nick_A wrote: March 25th, 2021, 9:47 am

Isn't that what humanity as a whole is; a creature of reaction, the Great Beast

from Book VI of Plato's Republic (here Plato critiques those who are "wise" through their study of society):
I might compare them to a man who should study the tempers and desires of a mighty strong beast who is fed by him--he would learn how to approach and handle him, also at what times and from what causes he is dangerous or the reverse, and what is the meaning of his several cries, and by what sounds, when another utters them, he is soothed or infuriated; and you may suppose further, that when, by continually attending upon him, he has become perfect in all this, he calls his knowledge wisdom, and makes of it a system or art, which he proceeds to teach, although he has no real notion of what he means by the principles or passions of which he is speaking, but calls this honourable and that dishonourable, or good or evil, or just or unjust, all in accordance with the tastes and tempers of the great brute. Good he pronounces to be that in which the beast delights and evil to be that which he dislikes...
Where is consciousness much less conscious love? The beast is a creature of reaction with the potential to become human
That would all be the case if humans lacked consciousnesses (i.e. if we were philosophical zombies).

However, the presence of consciousness results in the duality that is the synthetic conscious human being, which is synthetic in the sense that it is a combination of both (1) the would-be zombie (i.e. the beast) and (2) consciousness (i.e. the spirit).

Thus, while an unconscious beast (a.k.a. a zombie) would be driven robotically in the way described in the Plato quote, a synthetic conscious human being transcends that, represented by the ability to disobey its programming/instincts. That synthetic duality--and seeming potential for conflict--between the spirit (i.e. consciousness) and the flesh (i.e. the beastly body), and the corresponding capacity for transcendence (i.e. not just being a beast and doing what the beast would do), remind me of this quote from Thus Spoke Zarathustra about superhumanism:
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote:Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superhuman--a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting. What is great in the human is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
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When you mentioned the zombie ‘seeing’ in the paragraph near the end. Now I see how you meant ‘view’ and at first I assumed it that way. It was in the rest where I was unsure of what you were talking about.

Just saying if someone was reading this without any idea of what a p-zombie was they would probably get the wrong impression. As we’re on a philosophy forum that shouldn’t be an issue ... but it is :D
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Scott
from Book VI of Plato's Republic (here Plato critiques those who are "wise" through their study of society):
I might compare them to a man who should study the tempers and desires of a mighty strong beast who is fed by him--he would learn how to approach and handle him, also at what times and from what causes he is dangerous or the reverse, and what is the meaning of his several cries, and by what sounds, when another utters them, he is soothed or infuriated; and you may suppose further, that when, by continually attending upon him, he has become perfect in all this, he calls his knowledge wisdom, and makes of it a system or art, which he proceeds to teach, although he has no real notion of what he means by the principles or passions of which he is speaking, but calls this honourable and that dishonourable, or good or evil, or just or unjust, all in accordance with the tastes and tempers of the great brute. Good he pronounces to be that in which the beast delights and evil to be that which he dislikes...
Where is consciousness much less conscious love? The beast is a creature of reaction with the potential to become human
That would all be the case if humans lacked consciousnesses (i.e. if we were philosophical zombies).

However, the presence of consciousness results in the duality that is the synthetic conscious human being, which is synthetic in the sense that it is a combination of both (1) the would-be zombie (i.e. the beast) and (2) consciousness (i.e. the spirit).

Thus, while an unconscious beast (a.k.a. a zombie) would be driven robotically in the way described in the Plato quote, a synthetic conscious human being transcends that, represented by the ability to disobey its programming/instincts. That synthetic duality--and seeming potential for conflict--between the spirit (i.e. consciousness) and the flesh (i.e. the beastly body), and the corresponding capacity for transcendence (i.e. not just being a beast and doing what the beast would do), remind me of this quote from Thus Spoke Zarathustra about superhumanism:
Friedrich Nietzsche wrote:
Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superhuman--a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling and halting. What is great in the human is that he is a bridge and not a goal.
But suppose tje problem with the human condition is that we are not conscious. We believe we are because we are only conscious at brief intervals. Normally we react by conditioned habits. We have the potential for consciousness. How can a person become conscious and enable the dark horse And the light horse to act normally and obey the driver?

Plato describes our situation in the Chariot analogy. The driver refers to conscious reason which can heal the dark horse so the chariot can take its rightful place in our universe. As of now, the corruption of the dark horse pulls the chariot down into earthly animal consciousness.

Can humanity heal the dark horse when mankind as a whole glorifies its corruption and the negative emotions associated with it? It needs the influence of people who are like philosopher kings who have experienced the human condition and how to escape the prison of Plato's Cve.
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Hi.
What is a Zombie? A psychiatrist may say that it is an individual in a catatonic state. Even the state of catatonic has different degrees. If an individual smokes weed on a regular basis then being stone qualifies as a mild case of catatonic because part of his human chemical balance is being replaced by the drug. In some extreme cases the consciousness also suffers from schizoid episodes. I might consider this an acquired or a drug induced state. I might consider a baby as a true zombie. Purely a human with a capacity to acquire consciousness. Baby as a true DNA machine at a slot 1 or 0.00…1. Multiple scenarios might result in multiple degrees of autism or/and some cases zombism. My best definition of a zombie is a function representing consciousness in a DNA machine in the range of zero to infinity after it is considered in a catatonic state. I do believe that the human DNA has the capacity to love. Some humans have more capacity than others so it might be a function as well. I do agree with the progression of human- consciousness- love and that some humans have a lot of it and some others have good experiences related to family and society as a whole… and then there is war. In a way a philosophical zombie might be a conscious loving being executing his war related training.
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I feel like I have a handful of maps that might be useful in approaching some of this but I'd admit that conscious experience tends to be core to this issue and how I consider it, so I run into some of the same problems that Burning ghosts did where if we're to take the term 'philosophical zombie' at it's technical specifications we're doing tantamount to comparing cats and typewriters (at least in any moral or emotional dimension).

One gradient I think of is what I might think of as Platonist vs. Darwinian orientation. The later in its extreme is fitness-maximizing almost exclusively, which means it's treating life as a single-player video game where it - itself - winning is the most important. I wouldn't say Platonism or people who ground their world views in absolutes, mathematics, integrity by way of logic, etc. are necessarily opposite but they're holding a map that quite often doesn't work well at all for zero-sum games. Similarly people who come into this world and, perhaps by religious upbringing, want to be model citizens of heaven right here in that they don't seek competition, assume that we're all sort of 'just here' having conscious experiences together, that me being a huge winner isn't the be-all-end-all of my existence, just enjoying it and doing enough for other people (I start using 'I' because I used to be like more like this, along with the platonism, and I see secular humanism being a kind of schematic union of these two things among others), that also is another road map which gets along well with the Platonist but gets t-boned at a traffic intersection by the radical Darwinian who'll do whatever they can to take out threats - whether self-identified or potential (dangerously competent for example).

Psychopathy as I understand it gets popularized by our culture as something of an Ubermensch diagnosis, where they have none of our weaknesses and just clean house. There are people with sociopathy and psychopathy who seek help or even do share their lives in various ways, and it sounds like - as with many things - we're seeing only one side of the trade offs. For example they're often blind to the ways in which they expose themselves, get to a point where they realize that side effects have accrued to a critical mass, and they have to constantly keep changing environments (not in any pure Machiavellian thrift - they don't see what they don't see). To some degree our elevation of their power is like saying that Mark Twain's statement that both the dead and the stupid have in common their lack of ability to see the grief they cause, therefore one could - if not careful - draw the conclusion that being stupid (if not dead) is the superior place to be.

The additional sense I've gotten from psychopaths and sociopaths from self-report is that quite often their childhoods were as such that they had significant education gaps, particularly lack of good examples to learn from, and when you don't have civilizing examples that would lead you in cooperative (vs. defector) frames then your system doesn't build the flower-laden terraces that a society based on humanism would want, rather you have to figure out what works - fast. When I hear that psychopaths, for example, go into theta states under extreme stress, they're optimizing for something, and in a lot of ways it sounds like an extreme adaptation as if to say that if life is predominantly violent then it's best to be as at-peace with that as possible and have one's nervous system be as positively adjusted to it as possible.

To wrap some of that up more concisely - I get the sense that curiosity, openness, environmental exploration, cooperation, as well as love, are some of the key contributors to what feels 'human' in other people, and single-minded pursuit of certain metrics at the expense of most others is what feels zombiish or psychopathic if seen in others. That's about as far as I can chase that one down though as, for all I can tell, there's a 'what it's like' to be a psychopath but not a 'what it's like' to be a philosophic zombie, and a philosophic zombie being as such says nothing about whether it's coded for competition, for upholding Platonist truths, for optimizing the thriving of life, etc., the effects of its behaviors are an empty vessel whereas those of at least the overt psychopath tend not to be.
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hi, first post here, as far as I know, philosophical zombies are not sentinent, so their emotions cannot be codified in easy categories. now I personally do think most things on earth are conscious, including plants, animals and of course humans, with the exception of those who do not have a biological imperative to grow, if philosophical zombies were a thing they would resemble the same composition as dirt or rocks, and we all know dirt and rocks are incapable of expressing emotions like fear, anger, happiness, or sadness.
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Scott wrote: March 24th, 2021, 2:39 pm Fearlessness is directly linked to psychopathy.

Fear, pain, and discomfort are the price we pay to love, to truly consciously love.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but rather the transcendence of fear. One cannot be brave unless one is also afraid.

Some say we transcend fear with love, but I say transcendence is love.

Bravery is just an example of love. It’s love--conscious transcendence--in the face of fear.

Without consciousness, meaning without conscious love, a human is just a philosophical zombie, an unconscious slave to pain-aversion, fear-aversion, and discomfort-aversion, an unconscious slave to comforts of spiritless flesh.

Without consciousnesses, there logically is no capacity for conscious love. By 'conscious love', I mean not merely could-be unconscious love of which one happens to be conscious, but rather I mean the consciousness-dependent love or consciousness-dependent empathy that comes from one conscious creature recognizing their own consciousness mirrored in another, namely by psychologically projecting their own Descartian Cogito. Presumably, a philosophical zombie generally shares the view of a solipsist when dealing with other creatures; the difference is the philosophical zombie goes one step further and treats even themselves (especially their future self) in parallel to the way a solipsist treats others but not themselves, hence the fearlessness. If one believes one's so-called future self is a philosophical zombie, then that begets a form of fearlessness, a loveless attitude towards one's future body.

Without consciousness, and by extension without conscious love, there is no capacity for bravery or cowardice, for there is no spirit--meaning consciousness--to be enslaved to fear.

One cannot be a spiritual slave, a prisoner in their own body, if they have no true spirit, meaning consciousness.

Thus, a philosophical zombie is merely a material machine without conscious will, without the capacity for conscious transcendence, and without the conscious love that comes from one conscious being recognizing consciousness in another. A philosophical zombie only sees philosophical zombies, even when looking in the mirror.

To the zombie, both us and themself are no more worthy of empathy or love than an NPC in the video game GTA, or an unconscious Sim in the video game The Sims.
I don't know about the Love aspect of Zombies but:

The Scientific view of Consciousness is that it is some kind of byproduct of Neural Activity in the Brain. Most Scientists believe that Consciousness is not very important and some go so far as to say that it is just an Illusion with no real purpose. Philosophers have invented the Philosophical Zombie as a tool for thinking about Consciousness or the lack of Consciousness. The P-Zombie has the same Physical body and brain except that the Conscious aspect is removed. The expectation is that the remaining Neural Activity is all that is needed. They think that the P-Zombie will be able to live in and interact with the World just like any one else that has a Conscious aspect.

But from the Inter Mind Model (IMM) point of view the P-Zombie would be blind and would not be able to interact with the World. The Inter Mind (IM) and the Conscious Mind (CM) are further processing stages that are absolutely necessary for Sight. Neural Activity is not enough. All we know about Seeing is through Conscious Experience. We Experience the Conscious Light (CL) that's inside us. Take away the CL Experience and what's left? Blind Neural Activity is all you have. This Blind Neural Activity can reveal some Unconscious primitive aspects of Visual Perception, as happens with Blind Sight, but you will not actually See anything. A person with only Blind Sight would be extremely Visually Handicapped. The Primacy of the CL Experience for Sight is undeniable, and the same is true for every other Conscious Experience that you have. You don't know anything about the Physical World except that which you obtain through your own internal Conscious Experiences. Zombies would have no Conscious Experiences according to the original Thought Experiment.
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2X2 on the Ark

2X2 on the Ark
by Mary J Giuffra, PhD
April 2022

The Maestro Monologue

The Maestro Monologue
by Rob White
May 2022

What Makes America Great

What Makes America Great
by Bob Dowell
June 2022

The Truth Is Beyond Belief!

The Truth Is Beyond Belief!
by Jerry Durr
July 2022

Living in Color

Living in Color
by Mike Murphy
August 2022 (tentative)

The Not So Great American Novel

The Not So Great American Novel
by James E Doucette
September 2022

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette And Her Speeches

Mary Jane Whiteley Coggeshall, Hicksite Quaker, Iowa/National Suffragette And Her Speeches
by John N. (Jake) Ferris
October 2022

2021 Philosophy Books of the Month

The Biblical Clock: The Untold Secrets Linking the Universe and Humanity with God's Plan

The Biblical Clock
by Daniel Friedmann
March 2021

Wilderness Cry: A Scientific and Philosophical Approach to Understanding God and the Universe

Wilderness Cry
by Dr. Hilary L Hunt M.D.
April 2021

Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute: Tools To Spark Your Dream And Ignite Your Follow-Through

Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute
by Jeff Meyer
May 2021

Surviving the Business of Healthcare: Knowledge is Power

Surviving the Business of Healthcare
by Barbara Galutia Regis M.S. PA-C
June 2021

Winning the War on Cancer: The Epic Journey Towards a Natural Cure

Winning the War on Cancer
by Sylvie Beljanski
July 2021

Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream

Defining Moments of a Free Man from a Black Stream
by Dr Frank L Douglas
August 2021

If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your Buts

If Life Stinks, Get Your Head Outta Your Buts
by Mark L. Wdowiak
September 2021

The Preppers Medical Handbook

The Preppers Medical Handbook
by Dr. William W Forgey M.D.
October 2021

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress: A Practical Guide

Natural Relief for Anxiety and Stress
by Dr. Gustavo Kinrys, MD
November 2021

Dream For Peace: An Ambassador Memoir

Dream For Peace
by Dr. Ghoulem Berrah
December 2021