Describing Inner Experience? Conclusion

<span class='Hi'>Melanie</span> makes a number of interesting claims in these interviews – claims which, if true, reveal much about one person’s stream of conscious experience. But the question is, are her claims true? What license do we have to believe them? In my mind, this is the first and most central question that must be answered. Let’s grant this from the outset: <span class='Hi'>Melanie</span> is a sincere and conscientious subject, Russ a careful and evenhanded interviewer. What they deliver is probably about as good as can reasonably be expected from open interviews about sampled experiences. If we reject it, we reject the method in general – and in its wake surely also a plethora of related but less careful approaches. We then either resign in defeat or face the difficult task of specifying some better way to garner reports about spontaneously generated emotion, imagery, and the like. If, on the other hand, we are justified in accepting what <span class='Hi'>Melanie</span> says about her experience, then perhaps, by repetitions of this method, we can make some headway in the vexed field of consciousness studies. In the merit or failure of these interviews, we can glimpse a possible future of the discipline. My position is this. We should tentatively accept the most basic claims <span class='Hi'>Melanie</span> makes about her..
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