On 3/9/2011 4:00 AM, Andrew Soltau wrote:
Coupled with the
inability to find any physiology corresponding to phenomenal
consciousness,
That's an odd thing to say. It is rather well known
that phenomenal consciousness can be switched off
by drugs.
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 carefully explaining.


Chalmers should take a lesson from Newton. When asked to explain how gravity worked he replied, "Hypothesi non fingo."

Brent
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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