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Evan_Gaensbauer comments on Upcoming AMA with Luke Muehlhauser on consciousness and moral patienthood (June 28, starting 9am Pacific) - Effective Altruism Forum

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Comment author: lukeprog 24 June 2017 11:04:21PM 1 point [-]

Sure. In that case, I won't reply to them (if they aren't posted directly to the AMA) until the AMA is "winding down," or something.

Comment author: Evan_Gaensbauer 25 June 2017 07:40:09AM 0 points [-]

Hey, that sounds great to me. Thanks. Here's my question.

Do you think science or philosophy can meaningfully separate the capacity to experience suffering or pain from however else consciousness is posited to be distributed across species? What would be fruitful avenues of research for effective altruists to pursue if it's possible to solve the problem in the first question, without necessarily addressing whatever remains of consciousness?

Comment author: lukeprog 28 June 2017 11:41:54PM 0 points [-]

Hi Evan, your question has now been posted to the AMA here.