On 3/9/2011 5:30 AM, 1Z wrote:
Zombies are not a typical example of the problems of reduction, they are an instance of the reduction being bought too cheaply: the reductive materialist presents the off-the-peg conclusion that consciousness "just is" neural firing, without filling in the explanation that allows us to see that it*must be*, so that we instead remain being able to see that it *might not* be!
But keep in mind what counts as "explanation". In science it is really just a model that tells us how something can manipulated. The molecular model of heat works as an explanation because it connects different phenomenon, e.g. heating of a gas due to compression, heating due to friction.
I think eventually we will have a theory tells us which kind of neural firings or computation produce what kind of conscious thoughts. And that will be the end of explanation.
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