[ExI] Possible seat of consciousness found
brent.allsop at gmail.com
Fri Feb 21 20:18:48 UTC 2020
OK, so we have
"Qualia = subjective experiences = an aspect of phenomenal
And we have
" Behaviour = that which an external observer can see"
and we have
“*As long as the 'behavior' remains the same the subjectivity must also
remain the same.*”
which connects the two in a consistent and factual way.
Would you also agree with the converse of the above statement?:
“*As long as the 'subjectivity' (quale) remains the same the behavior
must also remain the same.*”
Or at least if there is a set of behavior for a particular 'subjectivity'
redness, and a set of behavior for a different subjectivity 'greenness,'
if the subjectivity is different the corresponding sets of behaviors for
each of those different 'subjectivity' (quale), must be disjoint. In other
words any particular set of behavior can't have two different
And, for you, these behaviors which are factually related to particular
subjectivity (qualia) are independent of any particular set of physics
(only because of the substitution argument).
In other words, we have a dependent subjective layer like redness and
greenness (and corresponding disjoint sets of behavior) out of which
consciousness is constructed, that rides on top of any physical layer in a
way that can be considered physical substrate independent.
The terminology I think we should use is the former is consciousness is
substrate dependent (where that substrate is subjectivity or quala) the
behavior of which is independent of any particular set of physics.
But I'm imagining you won't like even this kind of qualia being any kind of
substrate, so I was trying to come up with another term qualia strate to
make you happy.
So, my question to you is: "Do we need a different terminology, or can we
consider qualia (and the associated behaviors) as a substrate on which
consciousness is dependent?"
No matter what you call it, it is still the same thing, right?
On Thu, Feb 20, 2020 at 4:23 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> On Thu, 20 Feb 2020 at 09:19, Brent Allsop via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>> Hi Stathis,
>> So then does it help if I point out the fact that consciousness is red
>> and green qualia strate dependent (as opposed to saying sub strate
> No, because I won't know what "qualia strate dependent" means and how it
> is different from "sub strate dependent". You could define them but you
> would have to do so every time you use them.
> These are some terms that I find unambiguous:
> Qualia = subjective experiences = an aspect of phenomenal consciousness
> Behaviour = that which an external observer can see
> Qualia are substrate dependent = only a particular substance or physical
> process can give rise to the particular qualia
> Are there more terms that are necessary for this discussion and need to be
> Using even some apparently simple terms such as "knowledge", for example,
> can become confusing. "Knowledge" can have an objective as well as a
> subjective element; "knowledge of qualia" is doubly confusing, because it
> could mean directly experiencing qualia or it could mean observing
> behaviour which might be associated with qualia.
>> On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM Brent Allsop <brent.allsop at gmail.com>
>>> On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 3:36 PM Stathis Papaioannou via extropy-chat <
>>> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
>>>> I think you could simplify your language. “Red qualia” or “red
>>>> experience” is understood by most people and is unambiguous. It is also
>>>> understood that it is not the strawberry that has the red qualia, it is the
>>>> observer. Talking about red, redness, redness quality, redness knowledge
>>>> becomes confusing to keep track of. I would have to go back and check if
>>>> you mean that “redness quality” is something in the strawberry or in my
>>>> mind, and if “redness knowledge” is the same or different.
>>> That makes a lot of sense. Thanks for this information.
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