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Chalmers: “The Puzzle of Conscious Experience” There are two kinds of problems associated with consciousness: Easy problems (how do input/output functions in the brain work? How does language work? How does the brain integrate and order its experiences?) The Hard problem: How do physical processes give rise to subjective experience? Why do we have this experience at all? Couldn’t an unconscious automaton run these brain processes just as well? The hard problem is hard not because the easy problems take little effort (they’re very difficult problems in a certain respect). It’s hard because we don’t immediately know how to answer it , while we can trust that established methods of scientific investigation can address the “easy problems”. What is this conscious experience we’re talking about? Mary experiment: If there’s something that Mary doesn’t know (and it seems there is), that’s what we’re trying to explain The hard problem goes beyond problems about how functions are performed
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2011 for the course PHIL 100 taught by Professor Ames during the Fall '10 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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