Why and how we are not zombies

Author: Harnad, S.

Source: Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 1, Number 2, 1 February 1994 , pp. 164-167(4)

Publisher: Imprint Academic

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Abstract:

A robot that is functionally indistinguishable from us may or may not be a mindless Zombie. There will never be any way to know, yet its functional principles will be as close as we can ever get to explaining the mind.

Keywords: Mind; Turing test; computation; consciousness; explanation; feelings; functionalism; intentionality; mind-body problem; qualia; reverse engineering; telekinesis; telepathy

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: February 1, 1994

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