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IN DEFENSE OF IMPENETRABLE ZOMBIES

Selmer Bringsjord
Dept. of Philosophy, Psychology & Cognitive Science
Department of Computer Science
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180 USA
selmer@rpi.edu http://www.rpi.edu/brings

Abstract:

Moody is right that the doctrine of conscious inessentialism (CI) is false. Unfortunately, his zombie-based argument against (CI), once made sufficiently clear to evaluate, is revealed as nothing but legerdemain. The fact is, though Moody has---for reasons I explain---convinced himself otherwise, certain zombies are impenetrable: that they are zombies, and not conscious beings like us, is something beyond the capacity of humans to divine.





Selmer Bringsjord
Tue Apr 2 12:59:33 EST 1996