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Malcolm McMahon malcolm at pigsty.demon.co.uk
Fri Feb 19 13:24:29 EST 1999

On Fri, 19 Feb 1999 11:24:09 -0500, Michael Edelman <mje at mich.com>

>Malcolm McMahon wrote:
>> On Fri, 19 Feb 1999 04:01:32 GMT, Bloxy's at hotmail.com (Bloxy's) wrote:
>> >
>> >> Self-awareness is the heart of conciousness.
>> >
>> >Yes. That is the central point.
>> >Without awareness there is no possibility of intelligence
>> >whatsoever.
>> >
>> Oh, I can't agree with that. Inteligent behaviour is no more than
>> reacting in a complex way to complex stimulae. It doesn't require any
>> kind of conscious awareness, it can be simply rule based. An inference
>> engine responds inteligently but I doubt many of us would use the word
>> "aware".
> ..because it's not, and it doesn't respond "intelligently" except in a
>very limited way. Yet each of us have the phenomenological experience of
>self awareness. The hands in front of me are "my" hands, and have a very
>privileged place in my perceptual space. Similarly for my entire body, and
>my mind, my memories and my feelings.

Indeed. But what makes you think that's a result of intelligence?

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