Re: Consciousness is information?

From: Quentin Anciaux <>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2009 19:54:23 +0200


2009/5/8 Torgny Tholerus <>:
> Bruno Marchal skrev:
>> On 07 May 2009, at 18:29, Torgny Tholerus wrote:
>>> Bruno Marchal skrev:
>>>> you are human, all right?
>>> I look exactly as a human.  When you look at me, you will not be
>>> able to know if I am a human or a zombie, because I behave exacly like a
>>> human.
>> So you believe that human are not zombie, and you agree that you are
>> not human.
>> Where do you come from? Vega? Centaur?
> I come from Stockholm, Sweden.  I was constructed by my parents.  In
> reality I think that all humans are zombies, but because I am a polite
> person, I do not tell the other zombies that they are zombies.  I do not
> want to hurt the other zombies by telling them the truth.

If we are zombie... you cannot hurt us, a zombie can't be hurt, a
zombie is a thing, a zombie is totally like a rock from it's inner
live pov. A zombie can't think, a zombie can't "behave like" from its
point of view because a zombie has no point of view.

>>> Yes it is right.  There is no infinity of natural numbers.  But the
>>> natural numbers are UNLIMITED, you can construct as many natural
>>> numbers as you want.  But how many numbers you construct, the number of
>>> numbers will always be finite.  You can never construct an infinite number of
>>> natural numbers.
>> This is no more ultrafinitism. Just the usal finitism or intuitionism.
>> It seems I recall you have had a stronger view on this point.
>> Ontologically I am neutral on this question. With comp I don't need
>> any actual infinity in the third person ontology. Infinities are not
>> avoidable from inside, at least when the inside view begins some self-
>> reflexion studies.
> I was an ultrafinitist before, but I have changed my mind.  Now I accept
> that you can say that the natural numbers are unlimited.  I only deny
> actual infinities.  The set of all natural numbers are always finite,
> but you can always increase the set of all natural number by adding more
> natural numbers to it.

Then it's not the set of *all* natural numbers. You do nothing by
adding a number... you don't create numbers by writing them down, you
don't invent properties about them, it's absurd... especially for a

>>> An ordinary computer can never be arithmetically unsound.
>> ? (this seems to me plainly false, unless you mean "perfect" for
>> "ordinary". But computers can be as unsound as you and me.
>> There is no vaccine against soundness: all computers can be unsound
>> soo or later. there is no perfect computer. Most gods are no immune,
>> you have to postulate the big unnameable One and be very near to It,
>> to have some guaranty ... if any ...
> OK, I misunderstood what you meant by "unsound", I thougth you meant
> something like "unlogical".  But now I see that you mean something like
> "irrational".  And I sure am irrational.

You're not, remember you're a zombie hence there is no *you*.

>>> I do not want to be tortured, I behave as if I try to avoid that as
>>> strongly as I can.  Because I behave in this way, I answer "no" to
>>> your question, because that answer will decrease the probability of you
>>> torturing me.
>> Do you realize that to defend your point you are always in the
>> obligation, when talking about any first person notion, like
>> consciousness, fear, desire, to add "I behave like ....". But if you
>> can do that successfully you will make me doubt that you are a zombie.
>> Or ... do you think a zombie could eventually find a correct theory of
>> consciousness, so that he can correctly fake consciousness, and delude
>> the humans?
> An intelligent zombie can correctly fake consciousness, and I am an
> intelligent zombie.

A zombie is not intelligent, a zombie simply isn't. There is no
consciousness in a zombie by definition, so a zombie is not and can't
be anything.

>>>> 3) Do you have any "sort-of" feeling, insight, dreams, impression,
>>>> sensations, subjective or mental life, ... ?
>>> I behave as if I have "sort-of" feelings, I behave as if I have
>>> insights, I behave as if I have dreams, I behave as if I have
>>> impressions, I behave as if I have sensations, I behave as if I have a
>>> subjective or mental life, ...
>> As I said. But if you know that, I mean if you can behave like if you
>> were knowing that, it would mean that such words do have some meaning
>> for you.
>> How can you know that you are not conscious? Why do you behave like if
>> you are conscious, and then "confess" to us that you are not. Why
>> don't you behave like if you were not conscious. Should not a zombie
>> defend the idea that he is conscious, if he behaves like if he was
>> conscious.
> If you ask me if I am conscious, I will reply "yes".  But I am so
> intelligent

You're not, you are a zombie. There is no you.

> that I can look at myself from the outside,

You can't, you have no self.

> and then I
> understand why I behave like I do.
> I can see that all my behaviour is

You can't, there is no you and you can't see anything, you are a zombie.

> explained by chemical reactions in my brain, and there is no more than
> that.  So when I talk about myself on the meta level, then I can say
> that I have no consciousness.  But most people are not intelligent
> enough to realize that.
> --
> Torgny Tholerus


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