Peter Jones writes:

> Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> > Pete Carlton writes:
> >
> > > On Dec 8, 2006, at 7:48 AM, Bruno Marchal wrote:
> > >
> > > > Then I am not sure if this is really related with Quentin Anciaux's
> > > > idea that he feels located in his head.
> > > > The idea that we are in our head ... is in our head!
> > > >
> > >
> > > Another way of saying that, is that we have the urge to utter and
> > > endorse sentences like "I feel located in my head" - but the
> > > explanation of this urge is not necessarily "I am located in my head,
> > > and I want to give an honest report of that".  I'm not convinced that
> > > there is a "1st person" fact of the matter whether "I" am in W or M.
> >
> > It's a strange thing, but we're not "really" located anywhere in the 
> > physical universe. We assume, probably correctly, that our 
> > consciousness-generating mechanisms are in our skulls receiving sensory 
> > input on the planet Earth, but we would have just the same experiences if 
> > our bodies were telepresence robots or if we were constructs in an 
> > appropriately configured virtual reality.
> If we are probably located in our heads, we are probably *really*
> located in our heads.
> The claim "we're not "really" located anywhere in the physical
> universe"
> doesn't follow from "we cannot be completely certain we are located in
> our heads"

I did not mean that our brains may not be located in our heads. I meant that 
where our brains are located and where we feel ourselves to be located are 
only contingently related. Quentin's original observation was that although 
our brains occupy our whole skull, our "consciousness" seems to be centred 
just behind our eyes. This is because there is no proprioceptive mechanism in 
our brains telling us where they are located, and even if there were, it would 
just be another contingent fact about perception.

Stathis Papaioannou
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