From: ' ' (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Mar 04 2009 - 14:56:50 MST
I guess what I am trying to say is several things...
A) I am conscious and that I am self-aware and thus know I am conscious, so it is my own personal gamble to upload and yes if I lose consciousness then you wont know the difference, but I believe if I die any copy of me WOULD be concious.
B) Consciousness is physical and is created once a certain amount of information and feedback within the brain is achieved, but that still doesn't say exactly what consciousness is.
C) The questions of consciousness and identity need to be solved in order for us to know if I will continue my consciousness in teleportion, uploading, etc.
D) Aren't animals like dogs, cats, mice, chimps, etc. conscious because they have visual, auditory, etc. cortices but are not self-aware?
E) Is some form of advanced cognition needed (i.e. abstract reasoning and language) needed for self-awareness? Or at least the systems that create those advanced capacities need to be present.
Justin Benedict, email@example.com
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