Franklin, S. 2005. Evolutionary Pressures and a Stable World for Animals and Robots: A Commentary on Merker. Consciousness and Cognition 14:115-118
In his article on The Liabilities of Mobility, Merker (this issue) asserts that ‘‘Consciousness presents us with a stable arena for our actions—the world . . .’’ and argues for this property as providing evolutionary pressure for the evolution of consciousness. In this commentary, I will explore the implications of Merker's ideas for consciousness in artificial agents as well as animals, and also meet some possible objections to his evolutionary pressure claim.