[FoRK] Why is there any experience of it, at all? (was: GEB, etc.)
<elias at soe.ucsc.edu> on
Tue Jul 10 08:46:38 PDT 2007
Lion Kimbro wrote:
> [...] And thus, it lies explained.
> The problem here, is that we have two phenomenon, which are different,
> "the subjective experience," and: "the neural correlates of
Blaarrgh, why must you insist on creating this duality? Really now, the
neural correlates /are/ the experience.
> Make no doubts that these are two completely different conceptual things
Yes, different conceptual things, but it is the /concept/ that is the
(false) distinction, not the things themselves.
> [...] we can easily conceive of neurons, doing their thing, but
> without any actual inner experience of consciousness; Merely rote
> calculation and transmission and chemical influence and so on.
> Between these two things, there lies an explanatory gap. It is not filled.
But you see, dear Lion, it is not a situation of 'one or the other', but
both simultaneously. I, for one, am rather pleased that the vast
majority of my 'rote calculation and transmission' are not elevated to
the level of conscious experience; far too much to be bothered with when
there are sonnets to write. ;)
Do consider what life would be like without the ability to form
memories... Rather zombie-like, eh?
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