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Yes, it is flawed. Polyani is saying that examining the physics of a clock can never tell you the principles of its operation or its ability to accurately keep time. This is false. If we know the physics of the clock (or any other machine) at the level of atoms, we can deduce from this the simplified principles of the clock's operation. The minimum ...


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The experiment is incompletely specified. How would you measure the conscious experiences X and B? Presumably you would have to ask the person what they experienced, and take their answer as fact. But their reporting of a difference in experience is a physical difference; words, noises, are physical events. So we find that the physical consequences of ...


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