Do Experiences Involve Emergent Properties

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Do Experiences Involve Emergent Properties? Argument 1: Thomas Nagel's "What It's Like to Be a Bat" Argument Here is a brief exposition of Nagel's argument: (1) Bats are able to fly about without bumping into objects, even though they can't see, by sending out sound waves, and then perceiving those sound waves when they bounce off of nearby objects. (2) The sound waves that bats utilize fall outside the range of human hearing. (3) One could have, in principle, a complete anatomical and neurophysiological description of the relevant perceptual systems of a bat, so that everything that could be known about the physics of the situation could be known by us. (4) Nevertheless, mightn't one still wonder what the experience of a bat is like - given that the sound waves that bats perceive are ones that humans cannot perceive? Mightn't one think that, even though one's anatomical and neurophysiological knowledge of bats was complete, there was still something that one did not know - namely, what the experience
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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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