Re: Transhumanist Dictionary [was Re: Is vs. Ought]

Ken Clements (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 17:51:30 -0800

"Robert J. Bradbury" wrote:


> Ok, I give up. I've seen the term "qualia" off and on over a few months
> but only manage to get a vague impression of its meaning from context.
> I'm not entirely "illiterate" in this area.

Dear Robert,

Just say "no" to qualia. I tend to use it as a marker for philosophical discussions that are going nowhere. You will get plenty of this if you read Chalmers, and some refreshing relief from Dennett. The classic example is the subjective experience of seeing the color red. Some authors dismiss the entire field of AI based on the argument that machines will never experience qualia. Dennett notes that these are the kind of philosophers who make a living by taking in each other's laundry.