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by UniversalAlien
Tue Jan 12, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Exactly what consciousness is is open to interpretation and definitions of it vary - So let us say I'm asking the question assuming we can agree on a simple and basic concept of Human consciousness - A Human aware of itself and capable of interacting with the environment. Of course the same definit...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Whether or not AI is, can be, or ever will be conscious depends on the way you want to define consciousness. But no one here would deny it could be dangerous - In the dangerous kind of AI you can not just pull out the plug. That is almost like saying if the internet becomes too much of a problem you...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

.......... Some of the more bleeding edge theorists even suggest that it is theoretically possible for the internet itself to evolve into a mind. This is a very scary prospect because minds have a habit of choosing to do their own thinking and although it beggars the imagination to wonder what the ...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

That's not the way it happened, doc. Species evolution is driven by death and death is driven by predation. For at least a couple of million years the only predators capable of making such a significant evolutionary impact on homo sapiens was homo sapiens himself, and the more sapient he was the be...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 9:17 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Many years ago i was reading a book "Alien Intelligence" (1979) by Stuart Holroyd - Turned out to be a rather heavy book as the author got into all sorts of concepts of intelligence including animals, occult phenomena, and in one chapter was talking about a rather simple AI program - A robot program...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Without a proper definition of consciousness this question has no answer. Human minds are embodied so to speak of a human mind in the absence of a human body is a logical fallacy. Likewise the mind of a dog needs the body of a dog and the mind of an aardvark needs the body of an aardvark. Conscious...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 3:29 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

What law? The present one that shows that, so far in the billions of years this universe has existed, there has yet to be another sentience that is not biological. I'm batting 1000 here. You? Zero. Are you sure? Even scientists now believe in the possibility, if not the probability, of ET. And what...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

Harbal wrote:
UniversalAlien wrote:.If anyone is having fun here it is me -
Well I already knew it wasn't me.
Are you the same Harbal that used to use the avatar of Alfred E Neuman from Mad Magazine? - The world's greatest
Existentialist philosopher. All I can say to you Harbal is:

"What me Worry" :arrow: :?:
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 1:02 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

We all know that, we're just having a little fun with him, very little. I am pleased that you are having fun Human - Maybe it is fun that keeps your species going - for if it was a matter of logic your species would have been extinct a long time ago - But the fun is over - extinction may still be y...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:43 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Lets try a thought experiment, UA. Assuming we could do this download transfer now, and you are still alive. Would you be concerned if I incarcerated your copy in a prison? Would you suffer, being on the outside, from the incarceration? Two ways of looking at that. Until the development a fully fun...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:30 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

We all know that, we're just having a little fun with him, very little. I am pleased that you are having fun Human - Maybe it is fun that keeps your species going - for if it was a matter of logic your species would have been extinct a long time ago - But the fun is over - extinction may still be y...
by UniversalAlien
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:03 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

........So let us again ask you Human - Why are you here? - What can you contribute to the existent paradigm of your world and our Universe :?: In some ways the universe will always remain enigmatical and not fully understandable or definable - And Human meaning is to try to understand the enigma o...
by UniversalAlien
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:35 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Re: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Look at this way - We may have to flash forward a bit, but it might be possible today. We use the most advanced computer in existence and the best AI available. We hook you up with the latest medical body and mind scanning available - scans that actually record the functioning of your biological bra...
by UniversalAlien
Sun Jan 10, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?
Replies: 257
Views: 26976

Does Mind Require a Biological Body to be Conscious?

Exactly what consciousness is is open to interpretation and definitions of it vary - So let us say I'm asking the question assuming we can agree on a simple and basic concept of Human consciousness - A Human aware of itself and capable of interacting with the environment. Of course the same definiti...
by UniversalAlien
Sun Jan 10, 2016 3:11 am
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe
Replies: 47
Views: 4932

Re: The Search for Human Meaning in an Alien Universe

I think stupid species survive. The smart ones go extinct on purpose. And dinosaurs just got plumb lucky. BTW, UA, I think you're right about consciousness being problematic, but to then assert existence as a good thing, when it is the prerequisite for consciousness, is simply ass backwards. Did I ...