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Genomes, Menomes, Wenomes: Neuroscience and Human Dignity Kindle Edition
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Fuller seems to take it for granted that machines with a similar sense of self that humans enjoy it in the not-too-distant future. I do not think this is likely, but I know far less about the development of thinking machines than Fuller does. If such a machine is developed, one which is our superior in every way, that would seem to be cause for healthy paranoia.
In dismissing pure consciousness as the “ground of being” Fuller says “there’s no harm in that, but neither is it useful when it comes to doing and undoing, to behavior and modifying it.” This is the classic materialist-reductionist perspective. Another way of looking at it, if consciousness has intrinsic existence, then it has participated in evolution of the genome, as well as the ongoing formation of the menome, and the wenome. The sense of self would be dependent upon this intrinsic consciousness. In which case, the self is not strictly a machine, and it is unlikely that manufacturing machines with a sense of self is likely. If consciousness exist intrinsically, then it would possess intrinsic qualities. These qualities would have something to do with doing and undoing behavior and modifying it. The possibility of intrinsic consciousness at least provides a different perspective to the materialist-reductionist dogma.