[ExI] Qualia are incommensurate

Rafal Smigrodzki rafal.smigrodzki at gmail.com
Wed Jul 24 01:39:56 UTC 2019

On Fri, Jul 12, 2019 at 12:37 AM Brent Allsop <brent.allsop at gmail.com>

> Hi Rafal,
> You seem to be talking about computationally bound composite qualia, in a
> way that seems almost blind to elemental qualia.  Elemental qualia, like
> redness and grenness, can be computationally bound to all the composite
> qualia you are talking about.  I'm talking about the elemental physical
> quality that can be physically isolated from the stuff you are talking
> about.  Redness is something physical, out of which composite conscious
> experience like you talk about can be built.  It's just the redness,
> nothing else.
> ### In pure mathematics you specify everything about the entities under
consideration, thus an entity is "just" what is being considered. A
triangle analyzed within an axiomatic system is "just" a triangle, nothing

Everything else we discuss or see that is not pure mathematics is embedded
in a physical world that is beyond our understanding. Everything we talk
about or subjectively experience is complicated and bound to mysteries, no
matter how simple it may seem at first glance. As David Deutsch puts it,
even the simplest everyday notions are "theory-laden". Nothing is "just"
what we think about it. Nothing we speak of is "just the redness", because
of the un-articulated, unspecified complexity hidden behind every image and
every word that pertains to the physical world.
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