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Comment author: Oscar_Cunningham 16 May 2012 08:47:30PM 1 point [-]

However, if the GLUT behaves exactly like a human, and humans are conscious, then by definition the GLUT is conscious, whatever that means.

This seems to exactly contradict your first paragraph. What if I define "conscious" as "made of cells"?

Comment author: Monkeymind 17 May 2012 01:28:54PM 0 points [-]

If you don't know for sure what consciousness is, you define it as best you can, and proceed forward to see if your hypothesis is rational and that the theory is possible. If you define conscious as made of cells, then everyone knows right away a GLUT is not conscious (that is, if it is not made of cells) by YOUR def. and tells you, you are being irrational, please go back to the drawing board!