Can you honestly say that there is no more information available to a sighted person about the experience of vision than to a blind person? That if a blind person who happens to be a scientific expert on vision miraculously develops, for the first time in his life, the ability to see, he hasn't really gained anything?
> Stathis: Your post suggests to me a neat way to define what is special > about first person experience: it is the gap in information > between what can be known from a description of an object and > what can be known from being the object itself.
But how can "being an object" provide any extra information? I don't see that information or knowledge has much to do with it. How can "being an apple" provide any extra information about the apple? Obviously there is a difference between *an apple* and *a description of an apple*, in the same way there is a difference between *a person* and *a description of a person*, but the difference is one of physical existence, not information.
_________________________________________________________________ MSN Messenger v7. Download now: http://messenger.ninemsn.com.au/