High Contrast Zombie Game: Testing Alternate Zombie AI
Can we really imagine zombies? Daniel Dennett thinks thosewho accept the conceivability of zombies have failed to imagine themthoroughly enough: ‘they invariably underestimate the task ofconception (or imagination), and end up imagining something thatviolates their own definition’ (1995, p. 322. Marcus 2004 makesa related point). Given his broadly functionalist model ofconsciousness, he argues, we can see why the ‘putative contrastbetween zombies and conscious beings is illusory’ (325. See alsohis 1991; 1999). Consciousness is ‘not a single wonderfulseparable thing … but a huge complex of many differentinformational capacities' (1995, 324. Cottrell 1999 supports thisapproach).
Vampires and Zombies, part IV: compare and contrast
While the tax issues that arise with regard to vampires are similar to those that arise with zombies, real and important differences exist. For instance, a conclusion that the estate tax does not apply to those who become vampires could have a far greater impact on government revenues than one about zombies because vampires are typically rich. For instance, Count Dracula owned a large castle and vast hoards of gold. Escaping the estate tax could provide a significant financial benefit for him and others like him. And in contrast to zombies, vampires could actually enjoy their untaxed wealth. Consider the estate taxes Steve Jobs could have saved had he become a vampire instead of dying. He could also have retained control over Apple, so long as he scheduled meetings only at night.