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Department
Philosophy
Course
Philosophy 1020
Professor
John Thorp
Semester
Fall

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20. Qualia 1. What is consciousness? When something reacts to its environment in appropriate ways we are inclined to say it is  conscious, it’s aware. First answer: coordination of outputs with inputs And then we start to worry about the question whether machines can think Objection 1: is Watson conscious? Objection 2: the Chinese Room Suppose that I know English perfectly well, and that I am completely ignorant of  Chinese. Imagine that I am put into a room by myself and  Second answer: A distinction: A­consciousness and P­consciousness (Access consciousness and Phenomenal consciousness) A­Consciousness Kind of awareness that we ascribe to anything that reacts appropriately to its  environment  P­Consciousness The awareness of awareness that is bound up with private, internal states Interim result:  Machines can A­think,  but they ca
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