Thought experiment about consciousness
Michael Heap (forensic psychologist and chairman of the Association for Skeptical Enquiry) has sent me the following thought experiment.
You are at the moment taking part in an experiment in which all the activity of your nervous system associated with your conscious experience is being recorded in real time and uploaded onto a computer. This computer is thus having identical conscious experiences as you - perceptions, thoughts, images, memories, feelings, emotions, pain and so on. At some point the scientists announce that the experiment is over and they are about turn off the computer. Do you let them?Answers please!