Consciousness Evolving

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James H. Fetzer
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Philosophy - 251 pages
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A collection of stimulating studies on the past, the present, and the future of consciousness, Consciousness Evolving contributes to understanding some of the most important conceptual problems of our time. The advent of the modern synthesis together with the human genome project affords a platform for considering what it is that makes humans distinctive. Beginning with an essay that accents the nature of the problem within a behavioristic framework and concluding with reflections on the prospects for a form of immortality through serial cloning, the chapters are divided into three sections, which concern how and why consciousness may have evolved, special capacities involving language, creativity, and mentality as candidates for evolved adaptations, and the prospects for artificial evolution though the design of robots with specific forms of consciousness and mind. This volume should appeal to every reader who wants to better understand the human species, including its distinctive properties and its place in nature. (Series A)
 

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Without consciousness a species which has dominated nature by instinctive survival of the fittest are doomed to continue in this vein and continue to compete within their own species until there is but one man standing.
Self-awareness or consciousness, if shared globally with scientific logic, we can recognize this unchallenged destiny and design our own future.
Unfortunately a subspecies exists, the psychopath, who has become the predator to a domesticated humanity. Consciousness has be mangled into cognitive dissonance by the constant manufactured divides created by those who survive the last man standing scenario by using mankind as a renewable commodity.
I suppose there is hope as long as those who manufacture and control the chaos continue to show fear of humanity activating global consciousness, identifying their common enemy - and remove him.
Humanity might likely thrive without the existence of psychopath elites.
 

Contents

Turing indistinguishability and the blind watchmaker
3
Consciousness adaptation and epiphenomenalism
21
Tom Polger and Owen Flanagan
36
David Cole
43
Sensations and grain processes
63
evolution engineer consciousness?
111
Selmer Bringsjord and Ron Noel
139
The power and limits
163
The easy problems and the rest
205
On the possibility of serial immortality
223
Subject index
239
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