Category Archives: Human Evolution

Hard[ly a] Problem

As I browse about the web, I constantly run into the infamous “hard” problem of consciousness of Chalmers in one form or another. Sometimes the problem comes from an unexpected source – people who are materialists who actually think they … Continue reading

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Evolution, Learning, and Uncertainty

A question that has puzzled me is the one of the evolutionary reasons for consciousness. I’m speaking loosely here. Evolution doesn’t really have reasons. Changes happen in organisms because the changes in the long run bestow some advantage (or at … Continue reading

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Artificial Consciousness?

This is a very brief post relating to possibility of artificial consciousness on a silicon substrate. I’ve been skeptical of this and remain so, but I know both McFadden and Pockett both believe that consciousness is identical with certain types … Continue reading

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