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

From: J. Andrew Rogers (
Date: Fri May 28 2004 - 14:33:09 MDT

John K Clark wrote:
> You seem to be assuming that intelligence without consciousness is
> possible, or at least, easier to come up with than intelligence with
> consciousness. What a strange idea. If that were true why did random
> mutation and natural selection bother to produce an animal that was
> conscious in the first place?

It doesn't follow that consciousness is required for intelligence.
Consciousness may be a feature only expressed in one part of the
intelligence implementation phase space. How do you know that
consciousness isn't just a probable outcome of intelligence rather than
a required one? Just because consciousness requires intelligence does
not mean that intelligence requires consciousness. At the very least, I
don't see any reason from theory to assume that this must be the case.

j. andrew rogers

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