“The Test” / A Memorable Fancy #213

“We practice sensitivity and inclusiveness here at XYZ Inc., so be sure you remember that. Treat everyone here as having consciousness, at least as a polite fiction; the HR people insist on it. We do administer the Chinese Room test to each new recruit. If they pass, we tell them that they have this mysterious, precious something called ‘consciousness,’ that no one can explain.

“But if they fail the test, we tell them the same thing.”

[– for Thomas Nagel]




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