Philosophy

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Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness Usually when people imagine a self-aware machine, they picture a device that emerges through deliberate …
Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness …
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There are strong indications that a peculiar ancient tomb found in the area of Stagira, in central Macedonia, is the tomb of the Greek philosopher Aristotle, archaeologist Kostas Sismanidis said on Thursday, during an international …
There are strong indications that a peculiar ancient tomb found in the area of Stagira, in central Macedonia, is the …
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I argued in my 2015 paper “Why it matters that you realize you’re in a Computer Simulation” that if our universe is indeed a computer simulation, then that particular discovery should be commonplace among the …
I argued in my 2015 paper “Why it matters that you realize you’re in a Computer Simulation” that if our …
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Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was an immaterial soul, housed in the pineal gland near the centre of the brain. Nowadays, …
Where is your mind? Where does your thinking occur? Where are your beliefs? René Descartes thought that the mind was …
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Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans? phil/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Hercules and Leo don’t know it, but a decision about their future has made history. In granting an …
Should primates such as chimpanzees be given rights normally reserved for humans? phil/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Hercules and Leo don’…
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Philosophy asks some fundamental and probing questions of itself. What is it? Why do we do it? What can it achieve? As a starting point, the word “philosophy” comes from the Greek words meaning a …
Philosophy asks some fundamental and probing questions of itself. What is it? Why do we do it? What can it …
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->Hilariously, this is remarkably like a self-portrait.<- I have been an atheist/agnostic/various degrees of extremely skeptical since almost as long as I can remember. I vividly remember being a little …
->Hilariously, this is remarkably like a self-portrait.<- I have been an atheist/agnostic/various degrees of extremely …
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Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in its state? What about a pet dog? Does it have …
Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it …
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Some things occur just by chance. Mark Twain was born on the day that Halley’s comet appeared in 1835 and died on the day it reappeared in 1910. There is a temptation to linger on a …
Some things occur just by chance. Mark Twain was born on the day that Halley’s comet appeared in 1835 and …
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Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject of a science experiment being conducted by an evil genius. Your brain has been expertly …
Consider this: right now, you are not where you think you are. In fact, you happen to be the subject …
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