[ExI] Fwd: Paper on "Detecting Qualia" presentation at 2015 MTA conference

Henry Rivera hrivera at alumni.virginia.edu
Sun Feb 1 16:21:03 UTC 2015

> On Jan 31, 2015, at 9:26 PM, Giovanni Santostasi <gsantostasi at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, qualia may be accepted as something that can exist a priori to memory and humans in philosophy but not in any real science. There are a lot of brilliant minds that dismiss the concept of qualia all together. And Orch OR is superstition. 

I hear you and get that it hard to imagine how one could detect or measure qualia with current scientific methods, but our methods will improve over time. All hypotheses in science can be regarded as superstitious until they have evidence in support of them or against a null hypothesis. However, I want to point out that Orch OR is probably the most scientific model proposed in philosophy of mind. Its two founders are scientists, I am a scientist, and Orch OR offers 20 _testable_ predictions to assess its validity published in 1998, of which six are confirmed and none refuted last time I checked. 

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