RE: UDA revisited

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2006 17:28:42 +1100

Colin Hales writes:
> OK. There is a proven mystery called the hard problem. Documented to death
> and beyond. Call it Physics X. It is the physics that _predicts_ (NOT
> DESCRIBES) phenomenal consciousness (PC). We have, through all my fiddling
> about with scientists, conclusive scientific evidence PC exists and is
> necessary for science.
> So what next?
> You say to yourself... "none of the existing laws of physics predict PC.
> Therefore my whole conception of how I understand the universe
> scientifically must be missing something fundamental. Absolutely NONE of
> what we know is part of it. What could that be?".
The hard problem is not that we haven't discovered the physics that explains
consciousness, it is that no such explanation is possible. Whatever Physics X
is, it is still possible to ask, "Yes, but how can a blind man who understands
Physics X use it to know what it is like to see?" As far as the hard problem goes,
Physics X (if there is such a thing) is no more of an advance than knowing which
neurons fire when a subject has an experience.
Stathis Papaioannou
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