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Unformatted text preview: Victoria Yakovleva Philosophy 101 Professor Shapiro 06 November 2006 In “The Qualia Problem,” Frank Jackson discusses the philosophy of mind. He states that there is more to conscious experience than just physical information. He believes that even with all acquired physical information, a person cannot understand sensations such as the pain of a headache, the taste of a lemon, and the smell of a rose. To support this argument, he incorporates examples such as Fred, a person who is capable of distinguishing ripe red tomatoes into two distinct colors of red. To Fred, these two colors of red are as different as blue and yellow are to us. However, Fred is nonetheless incapable of convincing us that there are two distinct colors of ripe red tomatoes. Though we may acquire information about how he is capable of seeing these two distinct colors of red, like that perhaps his optical system responds in a way that allows him to differentiate light waves in the red section of the spectrum in a way that we cannot, we still do...
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course PHIL 101 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Fall '06 term at University of Wisconsin.
- Fall '06