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Tyrrell_McAllister comments on Dennett's heterophenomenology - Less Wrong

5 Post author: RichardKennaway 16 January 2010 08:40PM

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Comment author: Tyrrell_McAllister 17 January 2010 05:18:53PM 2 points [-]

I think that posts like this still serve a purpose. The problem with this topic is that people have very different intuitive ideas about what would constitute a "solution" to the problem of consciousness. Remarkably, that's true even in a community like ours, which is comparatively homogeneous in terms of approaches to philosophical questions.

This means that any post that is useful to a broad section of the readers here will need to understand the different approaches to the question. The only way to gain that understanding is to see the approaches in action and to see how they react to the other approaches. The OP helps to bring that about. It brings us closer to the point where someone can give a "guardedly sympathetic examination" of the other approaches used here.

Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 17 January 2010 06:07:16PM *  1 point [-]

The problem with this topic is that people have very different intuitive ideas about what would constitute a "solution" to the problem of consciousness. Remarkably, that's true even in a community like ours, which is comparatively homogeneous in terms of approaches to philosophical questions.

Good observation! Evidence, perhaps, that unknown differences in experience contribute to the disagreement?