Anytime somebody brings up consciousness, I start thinking how it must have originally come to be. How high up the ancestry chain did it begin? And could it have occurred as a whole thing right away, or was it a much lesser effect at first, and how it would have felt.

P-zombie is a classical thought experiment in philosophy but it's interesting to think that historically, at some point, it must have been a reality...

@Gargron philosophical zombies are scary enough, with careful management they can usually be quarantined in universities and have long and productive careers, but Renaissance Europe lived through centuries of alchemical zombies

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@natecull @Gargron it’s the physical zombies you need to watch out for

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