[ExI] Mental Phenomena

Adrian Tymes atymes at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 21:01:36 UTC 2020

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 11:49 AM Brent Allsop via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> If you surgically remove your eyes, and are put into a room with no light,
> then stimulate the optic nerve, identical to the way it would be when
> looking at a strawberry.   You would have identical knowledge of the
> strawberry.

Technically not identical.  You would know the information comes from a
different source.  This may color - pun thoroughly intended - how you treat
this information, making the knowledge perhaps less reliable.

> What is that knowledge, and what is it that has the redness quality you
> experience?  This can’t be ‘perception’ as that requires eyes.

Incorrect.  It is entirely possible to perceive via sound, touch, smell,
and taste.  If you had other senses, such as a visual-replacement as you
describe here, those could perceive too.  Indeed, one might say that the
ability to perceive via it is required for a thing to qualify as a "sense".
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