“The Consciousness Test” / Memorable Fancies #213

         “We practice sensitivity and inclusiveness here at XYZ Inc., so be sure you remember that. Treat everyone as if she or he has this mysterious something called ‘consciousness,’ at least as a polite fiction; our HR people insist on it, and the government is watching, too.

” 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]

[“…notions of imputed consciousness.” – György Lukács]00 Seventh Effect front cover small image

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: