The Unconsciousness Argument

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Unformatted text preview: The Unconsciousness Argument The thrust of this second argument is that one can imagine what it would be like to be in the behavioral states which analytical behaviorists claim are identical with states of consciousness, and yet not to be enjoying the states of consciousness in question. Formulated with respect to visual experiences, the argument might run as follows: (l) Any person who is not blind can, simply by opening and closing his or her eyes, appreciate the radical difference between having visual experiences and not having visual experiences. (2) One can also understand what it would be like to have powers of extrasensory perception, that is, to have the ability to form true beliefs about objects in the absence of sensory input. Imagine now that one has this power in a very high degree, but that it is restricted to information about the visual properties of objects. That is, you are to imagine that while sitting here, you are capable of describing correctly some scene in New York city, and that you can do it as quickly,...
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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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