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Date Posted: 08:16
Author: Eponymous - 24 Jan 2002
Subject: Re: No Brain = No Mind
In reply to: ketch 's message, "Re: No Brain = No Mind" on 08:15

My test would only require an estimate of the duration to an appropriate order of magnitude, say 3 minutes v. 30 minutes v. 300 minutes.

Your practical objection (that there would have to be some brain activity to support life) is just that Ė a practical objection. It is not an objection to in-principle falsifiability. I only sketched a principled way the premise you cite could be falsified; Iím not setting out do design a research platform, nor does my argument require that I do.

Nonetheless, that and your other objections are easily turned aside: Iíd be satisfied if only the known necessary conditions of consciousness were suppressed in a test subjectís brain (e.g., by applying the relevant type of anesthetic), and the subject were still able to estimate T to the nearest order of magnitude.

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