Wrong but a particular type of wrong.

Brain functions use a huge amount of energy. There’s a fairly compelling argument that we had to develop hunting, some weapons, and the use of fire to allow our brains to get the last 25%-35% in size. If the production of qualia creates any energy drain without evolutionary advantage, it will, given enough time, be selected out. Even clear spandrels tend to be linked somehow genetically to structures that retain an adaptive advantage. If not, they tend to fade away like the eyes and protective coloration of cave-dwelling fish.

Bat wings have the bone structure of the hands they used to be. Things aren’t optimized ‘from scratch’ but adapted from previous structures. Lots of oddities persist as a result but it’s unlikely anything as energy-intensive as human consciousness would survive with some adaptive advantage.

Berkeley Backpacking Biz Lifer, System Builder, Coder, Community Organizer, Music and Evolutionary Biology Geek. Sign up and my projects at http://altabor.org/

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