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Comment author: Rixie 03 April 2013 11:47:32AM *  -2 points [-]

"No, no!" says the philosopher. "In the thought experiment, they aren't randomly generating lots of GLUTs, and then using a conscious algorithm to pick out one GLUT that seems humanlike! I am specifying that, in this thought experiment, they reach into the inconceivably vast GLUT bin, and by pure chance pull out a GLUT that is identical to a human brain's inputs and outputs! There! I've got you cornered now! You can't play Follow-The-Improbability any further!"

In my (limited) understanding of the way the universe began, it was all pretty random.

Evolution seems to have been pretty random, too.

So how did we end up being concious?

And I was also wondering, does "randomness" exist? Or was the history of the universe set from the moment of the big bang?

(Please, I'm not trying to be clever, I just want to know the answer!)