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

Robert Owen (
Fri, 26 Nov 1999 18:17:11 -0500

> What in the blazes is a "qualia"?


The intrinsic phenomenal features of subjective consciousness, or sense data. Thus, qualia include what it is like to see green grass, to taste salt, to hear birds sing, to have a headache, to feel pain, etc. Providing an adequate account of qualia is sometimes held to be a difficult problem for functionalist explanations of mental states.

Also see , Daniel Dennett, David J. Chalmers, and Eric Lormand.

Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA