On 3/9/2011 4:00 AM, Andrew Soltau wrote:
True, but when not switched off, when operating in an alive and awake
human being, no physiological explanation can be found for phenomenal
consciousness, as Chalmers spends the majority of a whole book
Coupled with the
inability to find any physiology corresponding to phenomenal
That's an odd thing to say. It is rather well known
that phenomenal consciousness can be switched off
Chalmers should take a lesson from Newton. When asked to explain how
gravity worked he replied, "Hypothesi non fingo."
The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret,
they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct
which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes
observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct
is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.
--—John von Neumann
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