Re: Predictions by Kurzweil

From: Brent Allsop (
Date: Thu Feb 24 2000 - 15:13:57 MST

Bryan Moss <> continued:

> I'm not saying that qualia do or do not exist, but if they do not
> then it seems reasonable to suggest that there is a mechanism in
> your brain that fools you into thinking you Experience the world.
> If such a mechanism were found then it would be evidence against the
> existence of qualia.

        I'd be happy if there we even some rational theory of how this
could be, let alone some way that it actually is. This doesn't even
seem logically possible to me. Whatever the representation is, that
is our knowledge, whether it is incorrect or not, these
representations have phenomenal qualities. And it is these internal
conscious phenomenal qualities of our knowledge that we are talking
about. It's as if one is arguing that there isn't really any
representation that is our conscious knowledge, we just consciously
know things, and this knowledge is mistaken. How is saying we don't
have qualia, it just seems to us that we do, any different?

                Brent Allsop

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