The Inverted Spectrum Argument

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The Inverted Spectrum Argument This is perhaps the most famous objection to analytical behaviorism. One way of formulating it is as follows: (l) 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 was like the experience you now get when you at a tomato? More generally, one can imagine what your experiences would be like if one's complete visual spectrum were, so to speak, to flip over. And not merely can one imagine this, one could
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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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