light_bulb, from what I've read, he only signed the letter to Roosevelt because he firmly believed Hitler's scientists were already using his theory to build their own atomic bomb. He was a pacifist, but also a realist. At that point, given the information he had (which turned out to be incorrect), the only logical step to avert disaster seemed to be to threaten retaliatory action, by matching the enemy's might. As it happened, the Germans didn’t have an a-bomb, and it was the Americans who used theirs on Hiroshima.
Einstein called signing the letter his one great mistake. From what I can tell, his quotes seem to convey the feeling that his involvement took the shine off his life's achievements. However, it did result in some very profound philosophical views.
That makes sense. Consciousness is the most basic level, though. As was agreed, a severely mentally disabled individual can appear unaware, but still be a conscious sentient being, deserving of human rights. If not, we will never know; and it seems the prudent supposition, because the alternative only leads to “justified” cruelty.
One thing you'd think people would learn in life is to err on the side of caution.
OK. there's actually 3 types of awareness.
2. innate awareness.
3. learned awareness.
Will this model suit any further discussion? Because, I'd like to break down each one in terms of "in different species" and in terms of the "physiological mechanics" involved in each type of awareness.
I'd also like to explore to see if there's a common link between all species and their apparent awareness' in terms of physological functions (which apparently manifest as awareness) in as many examples as have been studied. Of particular interest to me is the Bee. It dances around disseminating information about food that it has gathered during its flight. It gives weather information, GPS information and the colour and type of flowers and where they can be found. This shows a large capacity for what we call "memory".
So, I'd like to see if there's a physiological study on the way this incredibly little hairy insect can carry around such a huge brain and still fly .