“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 … [Read more...]

“Mind-Changers – V: Out of, Like a Bat” / Memorable Fancies #1267

[The future: Transplanting minds from one being to another is now possible. ]          A philosopher swapped his mind with a bat’s, just to understand the bat’s subjective experience. The bat itself, now having the philosopher’s mind, was expected to give a highly enlightening seminar on the philosophy of perception, but all it spoke of was – how odd to have wings. <END> Buy it on Amazon: Fragments of the Future, 18 dark and unexpected sci-fi stories originally from StoneThread … [Read more...]