RE: The dangers of genuine ignorance (was: Volitional Morality and Action Judgement)

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 05:41:14 MDT

> Who said you can't measure the awareness of elementary
> particles? As I understand it panpsychism is a
> general postulate which could be consistent with many
> specific theories. Of course I agree that there would
> have to be some way to measure the awareness of
> elementary particles, and no such specific theory has
> been presented yet. But I fail to see why you think
> this renders the general postulate meaningless.


This is correct.

Panpsychism is a philosophical statement, much like materialism is a
philosophical statement.

Philosophical statements have many values, e.g.

* to guide science in interesting directions
* to guide personal life

-- Ben

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