Re: Searle

Lee Daniel Crocker (
Wed, 11 Feb 1998 23:10:47 -0800 (PST)

> I agree that something physical must be causing qualia, but we can never
> know what it is with any certainty unless we assume there is a direct
> connection between qualia and behavior.

This isn't quite true, unless your definition of "behavior" includes
apparently involuntary things like endocrine responses, heart rate,
etc. -- and eventually to measurable patterns in neuron chemistry
itself. These things can respond to perceptions like smells and colors,
and so can be used to compare internal states between subjects.

The fact that some of the arguments of the anti-behaviorist crowd
are easily debunked (such as Searle's Chinese Room) is not necessarily
a nod in favor of the strict behaviorists (though I certainly lean
in that direction as well).

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