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RE: [existlist] Zombie clarification 2.0

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  • Eduard Alf
    mike, I would like to explore this definition of zombie to see where it would lead. Would you take this in the same sense as one might say that a person is
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 26 7:43 PM
      mike,

      I would like to explore this definition of
      "zombie" to see where it would lead. Would you
      take this in the same sense as one might say that
      a person is not "aware"?? I mean to be aware of
      surroundings. To be aware of actions and the
      result of actions.

      eduard

      -----Original Message-----
      From: michael mcguire
      [mailto:signinname01@...]
      Sent: Sunday, July 14, 2002 4:45 PM
      To: existlist@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [existlist] Zombie clarification 2.0


      Here is 'zombie' in the technical philosophical
      sense:

      From Dennett (1991)

      "But philosophers use the term 'zombie' for a
      different category of
      imaginary human being. According to common
      agreement among philosophers, a
      zombie is or would be a human being who exhibits
      perfectly natural, alert,
      loquacious, vivacious behavior but is in fact not
      conscious at all, but
      rather some sort of automaton. The whole point of
      the philosopher's notion
      of zombie is that you can't tell a zombie from a
      normal person by examining
      external behavior. Since that is all we get to see
      of our friends and
      neighbors, some of your friends and neighbors may
      be zombies." (72-73)

      Hopefully this clears things up better than what I
      could do earlier.

      mike



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