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33 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 07 April 2008 01:51AM

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Comment author: Larry_D'Anna 07 April 2008 04:31:23PM 2 points [-]

I will step up and claim that GLUTs are conscious. Why wouldn't they be?

Comment author: bigjeff5 03 February 2011 06:50:42PM *  0 points [-]

Because consciousness is precluded in the thought experiment. The whole idea is that the Zombie World is identical in every way - except it doesn't have this ephemeral consciousness thing.

Therefore the GLUT cannot be conscious, by the very design of the thought experiment it cannot be so. Yet there isn't any logical explanation for the behavior of the zombies without something, somewhere, that is conscious to drive them. That's why the GLUT came into the discussion in the first place - something has to tell the zombies what to do, and that something must be conscious (except it can't be, because the thought experiment precludes it).

Thus, an identical world without consciousness is inconceivable.

Comment author: Nebu 11 August 2016 04:07:52AM 0 points [-]

So does that mean a GLUT in the zombie world cannot be conscious, but a GLUT in our world (assuming infinite storage space, since apparently we were able to assume that for the zombie world) can be conscious?