I was wondering if the following mental state was possible and if so, if it was documented.

The concept would be not to be conscious for a while, to be in some way in automatic mode. And because of any stimulus, return to a normal state with all the recent memories in mind but the impression that they all happened in a second.

The goal is clearly not to have to wait for a given event or to put an unpleasant period of time behind you.

  • $\begingroup$ A zombie-like state can occur in somnambulism, some types of seizure (e.g. petit mal and complex partial seizure), some people who take some antipsychotic/sedative drugs/herbs, etc. But these are not philosophical zombies because they are not physically identical to normal humans. True philosophical zombies (beings that are physically identical to normal humans but with no consciousness) cannot physically exist. You can find an instructive proof of this negation here in this article. So, you’ll never be able to make anyone become a philosophical zombie. $\endgroup$ – user287279 Oct 14 '19 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much for the link! $\endgroup$ – Blincer Oct 15 '19 at 10:12

A true philosophical zombie would form the same memories of being conscious that a conscious human would. By definition, a p-zombie is atom-for-atom identical to a real person, and would be impossible to distinguish by any means, even through the memories stored in the zombie's brain! If consciousness was one day imbued into a 30-year-old philosophical zombie, they would not realize that they had previously not been conscious.

As a corollary, science could never know if it had successfully produced a p-zombie, because if you gave someone the zombie pill, nothing measurable would change and after it wore off they would not know anything happened. It would be indistinguishable from a placebo.

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