I just ran across something that, as one commenter noted, “[…] is extremely disturbing and extremely fascinating at the same time.”

Take a look at this video featuring the work of robotics artist Yi Zhi Zhu (someone you may not wish to meet on a dark night) and then let us regroup on the other side.

I agree with the aforementioned commenter. This is both fascinating and disturbing. I particularly hate the part where the lobster meets its end. That’s a horrible way to go. I don’t care what anyone says, you will never convince me that lobsters (and just about every other living creature) aren’t conscious and don’t experience pain.

If you want to see more of his creations, Yi Zhi Zhu has a YouTube Channel. And if you want to dive deeper into the concept of consciousness, may I recommend Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness and Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind, both of which were written by Peter Godfrey-Smith.

So, what do you think about all of this (consciousness in general and the creations of Yi Zhi Zhu in particular)?