Atheist Empire RMB

WA Delegate: The Atheistic Republic of Felandos (elected 1 year 5 days ago)

Founder: The briggs

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Founded in the early days of NS, Atheist Empire (Æ) is the premier region for atheists and agnostics. We don't care about your politics, race, sexuality, or gender. Whether you're a jaded intellectual or a hot catholic schoolgirl, you'll feel right at home in Æ.

As marked as 'Casual', we don't engage in roleplaying.

Featured region: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Embassies: Philosophy 115, New York City, The Ascendancy, Gay, Union of Socialist Confederate Republics, The Alternative Left, Zarathustra, the emperium, The Alliance Pocket Universe, Isles of Socialism, The Darwin Allied Republics, Louisiana Alliance x Alliance Louisiane, The Federation of Dethklok 1000, Laissez Faireholm, New Republica, Antifa, and 120 others.NationStates, The MT Army, Spectrasonic, Freedom and Justice Alliance, Leninist Russia, Communist International, Ancient Lands, Republic of Seychelles, Principality di Monaco, The Commonwealth Of Furry Peoples, Repubblica Italiana, Romania, Groland, Principality of Andorra, Benevolent Capitalism, Lower Canada, The SOP, United Federation of Planets, Scandinavia, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Callington, Commonwealth of Liberty, Ivory Tower, The Nightmare Realms, The Revolutionary Council, France, Holyoke, Florida, Trade Federation, Washington, The Planet of the Green Marble, Hippy Haven, Communist Beach, Solar System, Nations of the Death Metal Military, UAA, Smiley Faces, The Region of Industrious Nations, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Confederation of Nation States, Trainsylvinea, Interstellar Union, Michigan, The Illuminati, Ministreyl Union, The Americas, Montreal, Das Kommune, The Church of Eris, The United League of Empires, The United Empire of Corruption, The Luxan Empire, Colorado, Arizona, chris puppet storage, North Carolina, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Delaware, Nebraska, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Mexico City, Commonwealth of Nations, Virginia, CIA, Mississippi, Wyoming, British Columbia, New Mexico, MI6, Somalia, Idaho, Saint Kitts and Nevis, North Dakota, Mozambique, Nevada, Indonesia, Maryland, South Dakota, Kentucky, South Carolina, Kansas, Washington DC, Utah, The Empty Quarter, Republic of Korea, Inner heavens grace, Transhuman Singularity Research Alliance, My Pants, Brannack, Genuan Rebirth, Threedom, United Socialist Republics, Verbandsgemeinde Nieder Olm, Parkerican Lands, Tofulinearity, Aurelia, The Military Commonwealth, Eastern Europe, The Rose Garden, Rubiaceae, Union of Confederate Regions, Australia, Eros, The Russian Federation of Politics, U R N, The Protectorate of Versus Militia, The Liberals of America, New Tamedia, Hell, Costarrican liberal and socialist states, The Infinite Alliance, League of Democracy, Caelum, United Sovereign Socialist Republics, The United Democratic Socialist Front, and Hapes Consortium.

Tags: Democratic, Enormous, Casual, Neutral, Independent, Featured, Liberal, and Founderless.

Regional Power: High

Atheist Empire contains 111 nations, the 99th most in the world.

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As a region, Atheist Empire is ranked 73rd in the world for Most Dedicated Public Healthcare.

#NationWA CategoryMotto
1.The Pastafarian Dudeism of Free secular HumanistsScandinavian Liberal Paradise“Think, before you believe!”
2.The United Socialist States of TristoniasLiberal Democratic Socialists“Unus Populus, Unus Humanitas”
3.The Borderlands of AetheliaWA MemberLeft-wing Utopia“Hi”
4.The Dictatorship of FelandiaIron Fist Consumerists“Peace through strength”
5.The Glorious Eternal Empire of RagnarumIron Fist Socialists“Vérité prévaut, être derrière elle!”
6.The Republic of PalyfiousLiberal Democratic Socialists“Vi Veri Veniversium Vivus Vici”
7.The Most Serene Republic of EinstoniaDemocratic Socialists“Religion without science is blind.”
8.The Liberated Republic of GoffinDemocratic Socialists“Freedom”
9.The Disputed Territories of HicWA MemberLeft-Leaning College State“Hic sunt muscae - KEI ESMI MUSKĀ”
10.The Holy Red Empire of MandimoomooLiberal Democratic Socialists“To moo or not to moo, that is the moooooo!”
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Last poll: “Should Atheist Empire close the region's borders during the upcoming zombie apocalypse?”

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Bit of a trick question there. If I knew I were a philosophical zombie, I would have a sense of self and therefore could not be a philosophical zombie. It could also be argued that as a philosophical zombie, I don't have a first-person perspective, rendering the question meaningless.

I don't see why you shouldn't have a sense of self. Your sense of self is most plausibly a matter of reflexive cognition. That is: you have a sense of self because your cognitive states can refer to other cognitive states (you can think about your thoughts). If you're functionally identical to a non-zombie, then your cognitive states are the same as theirs. The difference between you and them is that it isn't like anything to have cognitive states- whatever that means.

So...lets try again. If you're a zombie, how do you know that you're a zombie? Or, if you prefer: If you're not a zombie, how do you know that you're not a zombie?

I lack sentience.

Though, as an aside, you're taking an off-the-cuff comment remarkably seriously. Did you study philosophy in college too?

The Alternate Dimension of Lord Grey II wrote:I lack sentience.

Nah. If you're functionally equivalent to a non-zombie, then you're definitely sentient.

The Alternate Dimension of Lord Grey II wrote:Though, as an aside, you're taking an off-the-cuff comment remarkably seriously. Did you study philosophy in college too?

I did my first degree in Psychology, and a Masters in Philosophy of Mind. I enjoy a bit of Philosophy now and then; keeps my brain working.

lacking sentience sounds like a blessing.

The Theocracy of True Catholic Bigots wrote:Nah. If you're functionally equivalent to a non-zombie, then you're definitely sentient.

Nah. I lack the ability to experience things subjectively. I, of course, appear to be able to to an outside observer.

My end game here is to be proven wrong and promptly point out that I started this whole thing by saying I don't actually exist.

NASA's rocket blew up... I had to look twice when I found out the name of the rocket because it resembles the name that is given to the people who live in my nation ;P

The Alternate Dimension of Lord Grey II wrote:Nah. I lack the ability to experience things subjectively. I, of course, appear to be able to to an outside observer.

It depends on what you mean by sentience. Certainly you do experience things in that you have sensory inputs that your brain/ mind operates on. However, you lack qualia, which can be taken as the hallmark of sentience.

What puzzles me is this: Qualia are supposed to be totally private and to have zero causal power. If that isn't the case (if they aren't private and/or do have causal powers) then pretty obviously they make some sort of difference to functional descriptions of brain states, and are open to third-person empirical investigations.

Given that they are allegedly completely private, I can't see how you can meaningfully talk about them, or even meaningfully think about them- there don't seem to be any criteria for distinguishing true statements about your qualia from false statements about your qualia. In Wittgensteinian terms, qualia are beetles in boxes (Section 293 of the Investigations).

The Alternate Dimension of Lord Grey II wrote:My end game here is to be proven wrong and promptly point out that I started this whole thing by saying I don't actually exist.

My endgame is to get you to admit that the whole concept of qualia is less than useful, and that philosophical zombies are nonsensical.

Our poll is almost finished and 83 % voted to close our borders during the apocalypse.
Therefore i will do so as soon as this option will be available in about 23 hours from now.

I wish everybody, who will take part at this "event", a lot of fun, no matter if you are going cure, fight or embrace the zombies! :-D

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