virus: Consciousness

Eva-Lise Carlstrom (
Thu, 21 Aug 1997 11:44:55 -0700 (PDT)

On Thu, 21 Aug 1997, Tim Rhodes wrote:
(in response to Brett)

> How about consciousness. IMHO, intent arises out of consciousness.
> Without consciousness there are mechanisms that function and outcomes, but
> no "intent". Only form and function.
> > What is intent? Is it will to live, is it desire for desire,
> > is it cooperative effort, is it a memetic pattern which "prefers" one
> > adaptation over another? Or, do humans not have intent?
> This has the makings of a whole new thread about it.

This is exactly what Dennett's _Consciousness Explained_ is all about. I
think he probably does a better job than anyone on this list can manage,
certainly better than I could, so I'll leave it to him. If anyone who's
read _Consciousness Explained_ thinks they can improve on or poke holes in
his model, though, I'd love to see what they have to say.