[ExI] Mental Phenomena
ben at zaiboc.net
Fri Jan 10 10:49:34 UTC 2020
I think I have a way to disprove your idea about physical substances in
the brain producing qualia, but first need to make sure I'm not wasting
time demolishing a straw man, so I wanted to clarify what your position
is, because I'm finding your language very opaque, and aren't quite sure
that I do understand what you're saying.
Is your position that specific types of molecule in the brain (e.g. the
infamous glutamate) are what produce specific qualia (e.g. the infamous
'red'), and that this mapping is one-to-one (eg. glutamate and only
glutamate produces the 'red' quale and only that)?
The consequence of this would be that if you removed glutamate from
someone's brain (without killing them somehow), that person would be
incapable of experiencing 'red'.
I do realise that you're not claiming that glutamate DOES produce the
'red' quale, but that this is just an example of the kind of thing you mean.
Can you confirm that this is correct?
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