Would Julian Jaynes Kick a Robot?

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Would Julian Jaynes Kick a Robot?
« on: August 28, 2008, 12:24:15 AM »
Would Julian Jaynes Kick a Robot?

Stevan Harnad gave an
interesting keynote talk at the recent Julian Jaynes
Conference on Consciousness that both reminisces about Julian Jaynes
and addresses the question of whether consciousness depends more on
language or feeling. Harnad updates the classic question asked of Julian
Jaynes about whether or not is was alright to kick a dog if dogs were
not conscious. And what can we learn about consciousness from
speculating on the likelihood of Jaynes kicking dogs and robots? More
than you might think. Harnad's talk can be found in a newly released
paper titled, "What it Feels
Like to Hear Voices: Fond Memories of Julian Jaynes" (PDF format).



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