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The philosophical zombie

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People generally see and believe only what’s in front of them, disconnected from the magic of their consciousness. Reality is separated from the chorus of chemical reactions inside our heads.

The prevailing theory ushered in by philosopher David Chalmers is that our conscious experience is considered the “hard problem,” a process so superior and mysterious it lies beyond the reach of science.

Do we even need a conscience?

The zombie persists without feeling anything. It is competent without comprehension.

The mind and the world are one of natural phenomenon. “We should get it straight once for all,” says philosopher and computer scientist Riccardo Manzotti, “there are no hard problems in nature, only natural problems. And we are part of nature.”

Is the conscious experience of an object identical with the object one experiences or is the conscience invisible to science and therefore thriving within its own β€œphenomenal mind?”

The debate goes on.

Read The Hardening of Consciousness

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of four books.

11 replies on “The philosophical zombie”

Thanks for forcing me to revise and clarify. If you reread it, the point is that there are a few schools of thought on consciousness – that it is part of reality or that it is its own phenomenon too complex to explain, aka beyond science. Hoping neuroscience would bring some light to this but seems to complicate it. After all, the zombie is competent despite the inability to feel anything.

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