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Is there a test for consciousness?

I mean, we can know that we ourselves are conscious, but how do we know that any other individual is conscious?

Or to put it another way, you know that you are conscious, but how do you know that anyone else is conscious?
Zero – The Turing Test does not test for consciousness… it tries to test whether a computer program can pass itself off as a human being. But such a test could be passed without consciousness.

PSYCHLO – You failed to suggest a test for consciousness in an other.
wilma m – You say this but how does one test for consciousness?
Lenoire – no that would only test that the eyes are responding to light… still no varification of consciousness. I think a sleep walker would fly through your test and still not be conscious.
scorpius5 – How can we test for consciousness? How can we know if someone/something is conscious? You did not answer the question.
small – nope, your answer is not correct. Stimulus response does not equal consciousness.
Philo – where in your response is an answer to my question? What is the test for consciousness? If you don’t know how consciousness can be tested for, just say you don’t know of such a test.
Alan – thanks for your answer, but it merely confirms my suspicion that there is no way to tell if consciousness is actually going on in the mind of anyone else.

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How many fingers am i holding up?

metroactus
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oh my god…by ….jeez…i dunno….perhaps…..someone looking you in the eye and SPEAKING?! are we even speaking the same language? do you mean conscious as the dictionary defines it and has been the classical definition since the word began currency in the 5th century or as has been defined in the last five hours?

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Great question. As a computer programmer I am very aware of the Turing Test, but even that is an easy test to foil and has nothing to do with consciousness. One of the problems that exists with your question is that consciousness is not ONE thing. It is actually several processes that occur in the brain to produce what we call the mind or consciousness. One of the curious things about consciousness is that its components are seamlessly joined to appear monolithic. That is an illusion. There are at least five components that I have found and studied in consciousness.… Read more »

Philo
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Keep in mind that Jesus and Buddha were so different from ordinary that folks didn’t ask “Who are you?, they asked “What are you? Buddha answered “I’m awake.” By that measure very few of us are conscious. We’re still dreaming. The only measure of consciousness on record is the zen experience of waking up, of enlightenment. I can tell you first hand that those who are awake (to some degree) can instantly recognize others who also are (and aren’t). Anyone can amuse others by acting stupid. Do you think someone mentally retarded could successfully pass as a mathematician or physicist… Read more »

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Even when someone is unconscious, the brain and the heart are working which signify life. Consciousness is signified by the five senses…. touch, sight, hearing, taste and smell…. these five senses cause perception while someone is conscious and perception brings a response. These five senses need to be tested for response and if even one of them is working, the consciousness is proved. An interesting out of box thought is that suppose one consciously decides not to respond to any perception….. there is perhaps a limit for anyone to be able to do that, that is refuse to respond…. if… Read more »

scorpius59
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some are more conscious than others, however conscious a conscience can be though, is potentially infinite, or immeasurable. (I guess the ultimate TEST,is how they react to certain stimuli.)

Lenoire
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Lenoire

If their eyes focus an/or pupils dialate. And any other sensory reaction to stimuli.

wilma m
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wilma m

Every human beings has consciousness whether they are moving or just sitting down. One may not be concern of what will hit him because he is conscious of something else. Even the insane has consciousness . only it is insane consciousness. you will be unconsious only when you are sleeping or knock down on the head.

PSYCHLO
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PSYCHLO

Life has meaning if we are not the only conscious beings.

If only YOU are conscious, then where did you come from? A brain in a vat? Who put the brain in the vat? Someone that is not you, obviously had to be conscious in order to do it.

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http://www.ceptualinstitute.com/uiu_plus/evolcons.htm

the holy zero
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the holy zero

The Turing Test.