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Polymath257's Recent Activity

  1. Polymath257 rated ben d's post Funny in the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    What if AI eventually learns that the universe is conscious, and becomes a devoted Christian? :)

    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:03 PM
  2. Polymath257 replied to the thread Scientific Evidence for Universal Common Descent.

    Well, let's take this step by step. First, the universe as we know it started about 13.7 billion years ago, but the Earth and sun...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:02 PM
  3. Polymath257 replied to the thread Scientific Evidence for Universal Common Descent.

    Well, exactly how we define life determines the exact timing, but the Earth itself didn't have the conditions early on (liquid water,...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 7:47 PM
  4. Polymath257 replied to the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    Here is a recent article. We now have *maps* of how different words affect the brain. This means we can know (some of) what a person is...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 4:19 PM
  5. Polymath257 liked Milton Platt's post in the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    I thought the slime mold story was a good pointer to the fact that the word consciousness is ill-defined and a moving target. Defining...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 3:33 PM
  6. Polymath257 replied to the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    Oh, I agree. And I think we are quite far from that at this point. But I have the impression we are at the 'programmed insect' level...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 3:26 PM
  7. Polymath257 liked Milton Platt's post in the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    There are many ways to define consciousness. I don't know that just being able to respond to external stimuli is consciousness under...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:04 PM
  8. Polymath257 replied to the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    I have to admit that I consider some of the more advanced robots to be borderline cases. Their behavior is complex enough and responds...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:01 PM
  9. Polymath257 liked Milton Platt's post in the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    Current machines. I broke my crystal ball and am no longer able to predict the future :D

    Aug 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM
  10. Polymath257 liked tas8831's post in the thread Argumentum ad populum.

    Standing before Gigantor? I ain't a-scared.

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:53 PM
  11. Polymath257 replied to the thread What If Consciousness Comes First?.

    Is that limited to current machines? or is it a blanket statement about all possible machines?

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:49 PM
  12. Polymath257 rated Geoff-Allen's post Funny in the thread How enlightened are you?.

    How enlightened are you? If you can live without caffeine, If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains, If you can resist...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:07 PM
  13. Polymath257 rated ImmortalFlame's post Winner in the thread Scientific Evidence for Universal Common Descent.

    Because if it wasn't a single common ancestor, there wouldn't be shared genetic lineage. Nothing. But there is a lot to suggest that...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 1:02 PM
  14. Polymath257 liked metis's post in the thread Trump says Jews who vote dem are disloyal..

    To blame Omar and Tlaib for Trump's words is so utterly bizarre that it makes me wonder if there's anything that Trump could ever do...

    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:41 AM