Identism without objective qualia: Commentary on Crooks

Journal of Mind and Behavior 23 (3):233-238 (2002)

Crooks has rightly pointed out that perceptions are unlike the external stimuli that trigger them, and that any discussion of "objective qualia" is likely to confuse or mislead. The important issue is whether the concept of objective qualia has been just unfortunate terminology and a bad example, or whether discarding the concept seriously harms the underlying position of mind-body identity. Neuroscience research to date has been fully consistent with some version of mind-brain monism, and is beginning to establish which brain areas and types of brain activity are critical for conscious awareness. Nevertheless, it is uncertain how soon, if ever, research will answer the question of why consciousness and brain activity are linked
Keywords Brain  Metaphysics  Mind  Perception  Qualia  Crooks, M
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