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New Orleans Consciousness Studies Message Board › To be a bat.

To be a bat.

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New Orleans, LA
Post #: 4
Hello everyone,

Thomas Nagel has an article called "What It's Like to Be a Bat", which deals with the subjective aspect of consciousness. Nagel had become dismayed with science and believed that it could not explain everything in the world. The explanations of science are objective and rely on something external to what is experienced immediately or subjectively. He believes that physical accounts of mental events can be reduced up until a point, then they cannot go any further. Mental events have an attribute that resist objectivity. For example, a bat senses its outside world with sonar. It detects insects by bouncing sound around. We can explain this with physics, yet we can't get into a bats world and find out what it's like for a bat to experience this. We can imagine that we're a bat, or say we can make a simulation of batness, yet we, as humans, bring our humaness into the simulation of batness. In other words, we would experience what it's like to be a bat through our what it's like to be a human. Our subjective experience is a primary constituent of reality that resists any objective explanations, which makes Nagel a dualist. Can science ever access what it's like?
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