[extropy-chat] Qualia Bet.
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 24 07:59:34 UTC 2005
On Thu, 24 Nov 2005 02:13:36 -0500, Damien Broderick
<thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> I have no reason to suppose that phenomenological aspects of
> reality--the experience of self and world, however compromised, mediated
> and partial--are acausal or intrinsically mysterious.
Like you I have no reason to think qualia are acausal. But are they
intrinsically mysterious? I think so!
> But the best science assures us that at the deepest levels of reality,
> quantum events...
QM goes to the question of causality but not to the question of how to
Consider a computerized robotic digital camera. It has a mechanism to
analyze its digital records and a speaker through which to report its
observations. It takes a snapshot of the color red, analyzes it to
determine the wavelengths of light that created its digital record, then
reports through its speaker, "I see the color red".
Intelligent though this cameras may be, I think most people would say it
did not actually experience the 'red' quale.
You and I know what red "looks like" (the qualia) but the camera was just
doing mathematical computations. It never really experienced redness. Or
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