The Self as an Inference Engine

October 23, 2006

The nature of sentience has been a hot topic lately, particularly because it is so intangible and difficult to define. Many have tried to produce a catch-all definition or trial that could scientifically or experimentally be used to determine this, but to no avail (as of yet). One of the more well-known tests in this area is the Turing Test [1], which sounds great initially, but has a few hilarious shortcomings[2: Satire]. As such, I propose an alternative to the issue of sentience and the self that completely avoids sentience altogether. This alternative solves many of the problems that we are forced to indeterminately wonder about now, but adds new complications…
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