On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 10:09 AM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> PS - Someone mentioned "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" to me > today. Are you familiar with agnosia? Is that evidence that partial > zombies conditions with absent actually exist? If not, why not? There are conditions called anosognosias: where the patient has a sensory or cognitive deficit but does not recognise it. A good example is Anton's Syndrome, where a patient with a lesion in his occipital cortex is blind but claims to have normal vision, and confabulates to explain why he keeps walking into things. However, this differs from a visual partial zombie, which is defined as both behaving as if he has normal vision and believing that he has normal vision while in fact lacking visual qualia. The patient with Anton's Syndrome lacks visual qualia, mistakenly believes that he has normal vision, but does not *behave* as if he has normal vision since he keeps walking into things. If both the belief and behaviour are intact while the qualia are missing that puts us in a difficult position, since it is possible that we all lack visual qualia on Tuesdays but never realise it. -- Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to email@example.com. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.