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By Quentin Smith, Aleksandar Jokic

Realization is likely to be the main difficult challenge we people face in attempting to comprehend ourselves. right here, eighteen essays provide new angles at the topic. The individuals, who contain a number of the major figures in philosophy of brain, speak about such vital themes as intentionality, extraordinary content material, and the relevance of quantum mechanics to the research of attention.

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So, for Ted, there is no difference in phenomenal character. M and the mixture of lights look phenomenally the same shade to Ted. On the representationalist view, then, Ted visually represents M and the mixture of lights as having the same shade. Since Ted's experience is veridical, it follows that M and the mixture of lights have the same shade, contrary to the initial supposition. The representationalist, thus, should hold that the phenomenal character of Ted's experience of chip M is indeed different from that of Alice's experience of M.

The conclusion they draw is that experiences such as these cannot be described correctly in terms of their intentional content alone. Reply: I am not persuaded. It is certainly the case that when one presses one's eyeball, one has no inclination to think or judge that the number oflines of type has doubled. After all, the duplicate line is fainter than the original, and one knows full well what one is doing. So, in the epistemic or conceptual sense of the term 'appears', it does not appear that the number of lines has doubled.

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