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When Eastern philosophy talks about the world being illusory, it's not meant to be the deeply ontological (physics-like) claim that is often imputed. It's more in line with the later Wittgenstein: that words (and thus our conscious thought) are conventionally related to the world, not epistemologically related. We don't come to 'know' the world through some ...


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Per my own philosophy, the true ultimate original face (ontology) of "The Reality" is unknowable, thus skepticism is honest here. Next, many people will conveniently regard the perceptions and epistemic understanding "reflected" in their inward mind from their outward experience as Reality correspondence (the old famous "...


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You are infuriated because the concept of qualia is not really clearly explained to you. It is not "what it feels like to X". Qualia is in fact what is commonly mentioned as "consciousness" or "soul". Qualia is your subjective experience. Yet it has nothing to do with consciousness, in neuroscientific terms. Let me elaborate on ...


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A more interesting question for me is where does "predictive power" actually come from for a theory or merely a concept? Most problems of a particular field may have many or endless possible explanations and theories, but only those which haven't been invalidated and useful to connect to other theories or can be applied in real world immediately to ...


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Allow me to use a visceral example. Let's say that I have a bad day at the office, where everything just went sideways in unpleasant detail. I decide that the best way for me to get rid of all that pent up negative energy is to punch you, really, really hard. Let's say further (for the sake of the argument) that you don't want that to happen. So you try to ...


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Why not? There are many interesting propositions that don't make predictions taken on their own, and philosophers are interested in knowing the truth of these propositions (does God exist? Do universals exist? What is truth/knowledge/goodness/beauty? etc). One interesting question is, 'is everything physical?' and with qualia there's something literally ...


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People are interested in how the world really is. The problem is, what really is might not be observable or measurable, but you still want to make theories or models about how it could be, to be able to express ideas. So, of course Qualia and similar models has no predictive power, because by its very nature it deals with unmeasurable things and as such can'...


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I said this in a previous post There is a powerful tendency for people in science and computing to think there is nothing very interesting or special about human minds. And unfortunately, a powerful strand in philosophy which says there is something so special about them, scientists aren't on track to figuring them out - the 'qualia' idea and the so called ...


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I think it's all in the UV title: Philosophy of consciousness. i.e. (i guess) introducing you to the concepts about consciousness that touch your field of research and you therefore can't afford to ignore because they trace the border, the line beyond which we don't know yet, and a mine for valuable subjects of study. Maybe it was given too much space in ...


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