Silliest article of the new year

The winner so far! The author writes things like:

"Consciousness doesn’t happen. It’s a mistaken construct. The computer concludes that it has qualia because that serves as a useful, if simplified, self-model."

So, you don't actually see these very letters appearing on this very screen in front of you! Your brain just contains a "model" that "concludes" that you see them!

There, that should clear everything right up.

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  1. I do not find it silly at all.

    I feel like "Argument by Appeal to Ridicule" is becoming too common in the internet these days.

    (This is quite similar to what internet atheists do to ridicule religious folk, btw)

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    1. Well, Prateek, if an argument that says we are MISTAKEN in BELIEVING we are conscious is not silly, I don't know what the hell is, since mistakes and beliefs only apply to conscious entities!

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  2. Well, mistakes and beliefs also occur in the physical brain, and the physical brain is capable of deceiving the physical brain. No?

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    1. Your assumption is unproved, but deception involves a consciousness being deceived, and thus cannot serve as evidence against its existence! (What would it mean to "deceive" a rock?)

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