posted on Dec, 19 2007 @ 10:34 AM
On the same note, what defines awareness? What is it exactly that makes you... you?
Using the original example, robots can be aware of their suroundings. Those robotic vaccuum cleaners gradually 'learn' and become aware of an area,
likewise those robotic toys that 'learn' from their surroundings, and NASA craft that have to be aware and learn new routes while exploring /
Awareness and conciousness are not connected, you do not need one to have the other. Again, robots have no conscious, but can be made aware, likewise
a person with mental disabilities can be concious without being aware.
So what does make you you?
Is it a some of your parts? It isn't in the physical... an amputee is still the same person, and memory / being isn't stored in a body part. A
physical loss does not lessen the individual.
Is it the mental? You have conciousness, you know you are up and awake, and are able to function, versus an unconcious person. You have awareness,
you are able to take what you see and do something with that knowledge, are able to interact with your enviroment, versus someone with a mental
So what makes you you?
For one, it is how you react to the world around you, how you are affected by, and alter, what you percieve. Your reactions, or lack of, defines the
person that you are.
Two; your aspirations. What is it you want, what you hope to achieve. An animal does not aspire to be something other then what it is. A robot
cannot comprehend what it means to want to change.
Third, your emotional states. You can feel happy, sad, angry, fearful, and it is those emotions that can also have an influence on what you are.
Higher lifeform animals have this trait, and can be readily seen by the wag of a dog's tail, or a cat's hiss, or the running of a rabbit.
It is a combination of these factors that governs who you are. But does that mean someone who is brain dead, or someone with mental disabilities is
lesser? No, it doesn't... but it does prevent that person from expanding, from growing and becoming more.
So then, what does make you you?
The wanting on answers. The thinking of questions. THAT is what defines being. The seeking of truths, of discovery. Animals do not
question. A robot can do no more then what it was programmed to do. Even the mentally handicapped have the ability to wonder.
So then, after all this is said and done, afte all the thoughts involved and words typed, all you are left with is this:
And that is all the power you need, for without imagination, what do you have left?