Re: Asifism revisited.

From: meekerdb <>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2007 11:59:43 -0500

Torgny Tholerus wrote:
> Imagine that we have a second Universe, that looks exactly the same as
> the materialistic parts of our Universe. We may call this second
> Universe B-Universe. (Our Universe is A-Universe.)
> This B-Universe looks exactly the same as A-Universe. Where there is a
> hydrogen atom in A-Universe, there will also be a hydrogen atom in
> B-Universe, and everywhere that there is an oxygen atom in A-Universe,
> there will be an oxygen atom i B-universe. The only difference between
> A-Universe and B-Universe is that B-Universe is totally free from
> consciousness, feelings, minds, souls, and all that kind of stuff. The
> only things that exist in B-Universe are atoms reacting with eachother.
> All objects in B-Universe behave in exactly the same way as the objects
> in A-Universe.
> The objects in B-Universe produces the same kind of sounds as we produce
> in A-Universe, and the objects in B-Universe pushes the same buttons on
> their computers as we do in our A-Universe.
> Questions:
> Is B-Universe possible?
> If we interview an object in B-Universe, what will that object answer,
> if we ask it: "Are you conscious?"?
So far as I know, consciousness is some processes in (at least some)
human brains. Since B-universe would have brains with the same
processes, I'd say those objects would answer, "Yes." with the same
likelihood as in this universe - in other words I don't think there's
any difference between the A-universe and the B-universe.

Brent Meeker

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