Evolutionary Pressures and a Stable World for Animals and Robots: A Commentary on Merker

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Other
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Deposited by: 
Prof Stan Franklin on 18 February 2009
Date of Issue: 
2005
Authors: 
Stan Franklin
Journal/Publication Title: 
Consciousness and Cognition
Volume: 
14
Page Range: 
115-118
Alternative URL: 
http://ccrg.cs.memphis.edu/assets/papers/MerkerCommentaryC&C.pdf
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
In his article on The Liabilities of Mobility, Merker (this issue) asserts that "Consciousness presents us with a stable arena for our actions—the world..." and argues for this property as providing evolutionary pressure for the evolution of consciousness. In this commentary, I will explore the implications of Merker's ideas for consciousness in artificial agents as well as animals, and also meet some possible objections to his evolutionary pressure claim.
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