Drafting Philosophical Zombies

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In a previous post we described the Philosophical zombie, is a hypothetical being that does not actually have the experience of pain as a putative ‘normal’ person does.. It raises the question can we really know the other?

The extreme situation of war requires soldiers to overcome discomforts, pain and fear. In a way the “perfect soldier” is required to be a philosophical zombie to appear and act human but feel nothing.

Through my visual research I came across an image of soldiers in boats being pulled to the shore a moment before combat. This moment of huge emotional tension is something I find extremely hard to cope with.

I wonder how this idea jive with the actual use of the term. Hopefully some of the readers of the blog or the Wikipedians editing the term would help further elaborate.

A philosophical zombie or p-zombie is a hypothetical being that is indistinguishable from a normal human being except that it lacks conscious experience, qualia, or sentience. When a zombie is poked with a sharp object, for example, it does not feel any pain. While it behaves exactly as if it does feel pain (it may say "ouch" and recoil from the stimulus, or tell us that it is in intense pain), it does not actually have the experience of pain as a putative 'normal' person does. The notion of a philosophical zombie is mainly a thought experiment used in arguments (often called zombie arguments) in the philosophy of mind, particularly arguments against forms of physicalism, such as materialism and behaviorism.
Dec 24th, 2010

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  1. mushon Dec 27th, 10

    Soldiers as philosophical zombies seems to be not only a thought experiment, but a recurring theme in popular culture and science fiction.

    This really reminded me the unforgettable closing scene from Terminator 2:

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