Argument 3 - Argument 3: The Inverted Spectrum Argument One...

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Argument 3: The Inverted Spectrum Argument One way of responding to the above response to Frank Jackson's argument involves an appeal to a third argument in support of the thesis that experiences involve emergent properties - the inverted spectrum argument. This argument can be formulated in a number of slightly different ways. One way of setting it out is as follows: (1) Consider the sort of experience you have when you look at something red, under normal conditions of illumination, etc. It is different from the experience you have when you look at something green under similar conditions, providing that you are not red-green color-blind. Now can't you imagine what it would be like for ripe tomatoes to give rise, not to the sort of visual experience you now have when you look at them, i.e., a sensation of redness, but instead to the sort of experience that you now have when you look at a ripe lime? And conversely, can't you imagine what it would be like if the experience you got when you looked at a lime were like the experience you now get when you at a tomato? More generally, one can imagine what one's experiences would be like if one's complete visual spectrum were, so to speak, to be flipped over. And not merely can one imagine this, one could make a film which would produce the sort of experiences one would be having if one's visual spectrum were to be flipped over. Moreover, this possibility is not merely a logical possibility. It is at least empirically impossible, even if not technically possible at present. For it will surely be possible some day to insert a device in a person that will systematically alter the messages sent from the eyes to the
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PHI PHI2010 taught by Professor Jorgerigol during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.

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