Date: Sun Jul 04 2004 - 02:09:49 MDT
On Sun, 4 Jul 2004, Metaqualia wrote:
> > I'd say qualia is a construct of nervous systems, not an external
> > feature of nature (beyond the fact that nervous systems are part of
> > nature). Its very hard to map from the experience of the internet to
> > our own experience, since its wiring is quite different from our own.
> > But it doesn't mean it doesn't experience.
> and gravity is a construct of massive particles, not an external feature of
> There is no real distinction here. Just, if you interpret the nervous system
> as a strictly mechanical process, then you are forced to consider qualia as
> somewhat "outside" the sysem. Just like if you describe the universe in
> terms of particles located here and there you are forced to assume 'gravity'
> is an external force acting on the particles.
However the nervous system may be wired in any arbitrary arrangment. One
persons pain is anothers pleasure. I hate needles and mayonaise. On the
otherhand some people enjoy being pierced and love mayonaise. You simply
can't assign a universal label to these things. Name just about anything,
and I bet I can find someone who loves it or hates it. And some who love
it because they hate it :)
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