Re: Bruno's argument

From: Quentin Anciaux <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2006 22:53:17 +0200

Le Vendredi 21 Juillet 2006 22:40, Brent Meeker a écrit :
> Quentin Anciaux wrote:
> > Le Vendredi 21 Juillet 2006 22:08, Brent Meeker a écrit :
> >>No, the hypothetical was stronger than that: it was that I knew exactly
> >> how your brain worked to the degree that I could make one.
> >
> > You could know everything on how my brain works without being ever able
> > feeling being me... And I repeat if you could then you would be me by
> > definition. Me is the only one able to feel being me... It is non-sense
> > to claim otherwise, what ever you could know on the external working and
> > behavior of myself.
> As I understood the question was whether we could ever know how another
> person/brain/alien felt - not whether we could experience their feeling.

But in this case what is the difference between knowing how and having the
experience ? If you could know how then you should be able to recreate the
experience for yourself and feel the feeling of being me ;) Then it means you
are me so it means you couldn't know how I feel (because you won't be you at
that time)... This is exactly what is uncommunicable about 1st person... And
as I understood the question, it is about this, some parts of 1st person
experiences are not communicable (in a 3rd sharable way) and not knowable
apart from the person who experiences it.


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Received on Fri Jul 21 2006 - 16:55:27 PDT

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