16. The Qualia Problem- Frank Jackson

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“The Qualia Problem” Frank Jackson There are experiences of the mind that cannot be described through the physical happenings. Physicalism is false, will reveal intuitively true through the knowledge argument. The Knowledge Argument for Qualia Uses example of Fred who can see two shades of red where everyone else can only see one. Calls red to appease our lacking conception of the differing shades. We can know all of the physical info regarding Fred’s ability, but we cannot ascertain his experience. Uses
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Unformatted text preview: example of Mary in the black and white world, she will know more when experiencing color. The Bogey of Epiphenomenialism Absence of certain mental states have no affect on the physical world. Anything can fail to cause anything. Some considered causal happenings are simple a coincidence that the two are happening in the brain. Second main objection- that qualia has evolved over time. Heavy coat vs. warm coat. Epiphenomenialism qualia is irrelevant to survival....
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Heathwood, during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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