Qualia (Was Re: Re: Emulation vs. Simulation)

From: Brent Allsop (allsop@fc.hp.com)
Date: Tue Mar 27 2001 - 09:19:08 MST

Damien Broderick <d.broderick@english.unimelb.edu.au>

> < snall throat clearing sounds > Jerry Fodor has been pushing this
> idea since 1966 or so... :)

        Cool! I've got this idea written up in my paper, but if
someone can give me a real reference, I can give proper credit where
it is due.

        But then Dennett's claim: we don't have qualia "It just seems
that we do" wasn't published in his book until 1992 right? Who had
this idea before him so that Fodor could make this criticism? I'm
sure not very good at history. It's to bad such good ideas are so
easily lost or ignored by people such as Dennett...? I continually
find that most of the Ideas I've had about consciousness many
philosophers have had very close ideas to such as far back as
Descartes and earlier. I just can't understand why so many people so
easily dismiss, ignore, and more or less loose such great information
and more of it isn't maintained in the popular press and writings on
this topic. How can it be that all forms of "representationalism",
and it's implications, and ease of explaining/predicting so many
things, are so completely ignored today? It just blows my mind.

                Brent Allsop

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