Re: On the subjective experience of consciousness

From: Paul Hughes (
Date: Tue Mar 30 2004 - 11:36:06 MST

--- Jef Allbright <> wrote:

> The core of the "hard problem" of consciousness is
> that it includes the
> built-in assumption that there is someone doing the
> experiencing.
> Someone who is somehow separate from the process and
> who can report
> objectively on the experience.

Actually this is mistaken. This is not the assumption
of the hard problem, as those who think about it know
that the "self" is mutable and transcendable. The
so-called "ego" is a fiction, entirely the fabrication
of arbitrary neural imprints. Anyone who has done a
sufficient amount of psychedelics also knows of the
fragility, the illusion of a coherent "self". This
mutability, IS part of the easy problem of

IMHO, this continues to be your mistake. All manner
of brain change, describing the function and innner
perception of experience falls under this easy

The hard problem is why is their an inner experience
at all. For some this is obvious, for those that it
is not, I suggest reading Chalmers (again if
necessary) to really understand what the hard problem


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