This question is on hold. I don't understand why. Rather than have a long comment thread, I'd rather discuss it here.

It seems like there are two objections:

  1. The question is unclear. I don't understand how this could be. For any organism, we can calculate a value phi. I want to know what that value is. What's unclear?
  2. It's not "on topic". Here are those criteria:

You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site and push other questions off the front page.

This is an actual problem I face. It's probably one of the shortest questions on this site, so I doubt it's "chatty".

Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much.

Question can be answered with one URL.

If your motivation for asking the question is “I would like to participate in a discussion about ______”, then you should not be asking here. However, if your motivation is “I would like others to explain ______ to me”, then you are probably OK. (Discussions are of course welcome in our real time web chat.)

Don't care to discuss it. (In fact, I'm pretty annoyed I have to write even this.)

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Your question appears to be as on-topic as the following analogous question:

Let ψ be a function from entities (e.g. humans, laptops) to {0,1}. ψ assigns to 1 those and only those entities that are able to feel pain; the rest get mapped to 0. A less confusing way of putting that would be to say that ψ(x) is the predicate "x is able to feel pain". Let a decision procedure for ψ be given, i.e., assume that scientists have a way of determining whether a given entity is able to feel pain or not, to some desired level of accuracy. The question is (v1, v2 : boolean):

Is there a listing of ψ for various entities somewhere? (e.g. ψ(human) = v1, ψ(laptop) = v2).

Your question is on-topic iff this question is on-topic.

† You might object that the word 'consciousness' doesn't appear in this question, but the word 'pain' does.

  • I'm not sure your point? But I would agree that your question also meets the criteria listed above, just like mine does. So I will not vote to close that question if you post it?
    – Xodarap
    May 8, 2014 at 13:36
  • Don't think this is analogous. You're saying the question goes along the lines of "X="how conscious" lets scientifically estimate X with another function Y, is there a table of X?", but, Xodarap's question is "X="how conscious", a number of people consider the estimate Y to reflect X, is there a table of Y?"
    – Lucas
    May 8, 2014 at 20:41

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