Qualia & The Hard Problem

  • March 1, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Qualia & The Hard Problem

Our discussion will focus on qualia and the hard problem.

Dr. Lee discusses these issues in section IV of his book The Universal Mind Hypothesis.

The most recent version is entitled The Universal Mind Hypothesis. The original version was called Where are the Zombies? Of course, the Zombies referred to here are philosophical Zombies – a person that functions without the involvement of their consciousness

A free version of this book is available at Barnes & Nobel’s website:

Partial Table of content

Prologue - Life as it is

Section I The Physical Body

Section II The Soul

Section III Meaning of life

Section IV Qualia, the Hard Problem of Consciousness and the Many Phenomena Leading to It

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  • Brent A.

    Will they have a phone for this, people can dial into, as someone suggested was a possibility?

    March 1, 2013

  • Nees

    Sorry I will have to miss this.

    March 1, 2013

  • Jeff

    Which "Quantum Enigma" have you read - the one by Rosenblum and Kuttner, or the one by Wolfgang Smith?

    February 28, 2013

    • Richard

      Rosenblum and Kuttner

      February 28, 2013

  • John

    What is the Hill Building and where in it are we meeting?

    February 28, 2013

    • Ron W.

      Hill Building

      One Hampshire at Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA
      For detailed directions how to get to the Hill building go to the pull down menu 'more' and open the file "How to get to One Hampshire at Kendall Square"

      February 28, 2013

  • Richard

    Finished Kar's book and immediately ordered Quantum Enigma (which I've already read) and starting Quantum Philosophy by Roland Omnes. Looking forward to more discussion of mind and quantum reality.

    February 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    If one could upload a mind into a computer (personality, memories, "consciousness") i.e. the sense and experience of being oneself, who could prove that the uploaded self was "continuous", and not merely "replicated"?

    Looking at the Nature article, if brains can be linked, what distinguishes one consciousness from another? Are they distinct to start with, then merged by the linkage? Or are all consciousnesses essentially the same? Or would two linked consciousnesses remain distinct and contrast or conflict with each other? And by whose observation and measure?

    Could it be that we are all subconsciously psychically linked (a la Carl Jung), hence we all do share the same consciousness, like phase-entangled particles sharing data at super-luminal velocities...

    "So I turned myself to face me, but I never caught a glimpse."
    David Bowie

    February 28, 2013

  • Jeff

    Interested in consciousness theories.

    February 28, 2013

  • Brent A.

    Hi Car,

    I live in SLC, Utah, so won't be able to attend the presentation (unless they are able to provide telephone access.) But I thought I would make a comment and ask a question if anyone is interested, and I prefer textual forums, anyway.

    The questions are contained in a google doc which is editable by all so anyone can add comments or additional information:



    Brent Allsop

    February 26, 2013

  • Kar

    If you have time, please take a look at William Lycan's "Giving Dualism Its Due" in http://www.unc.edu/~ujanel/Du.htm before the meeting.

    The Universal Mind Hypothesis can morph into Dualism, Panpsychism, Solipsism, and perhaps other "isms" as well. You will see how some of the critical objections on dualism described by Lycan can be removed by the Universal Mind hypothesis.

    February 25, 2013

  • John G.

    Dang! Already bought expensive tickets to another event.

    February 17, 2013

  • Brent A.

    I sure wish I lived in Boston, so could attend these. Any chance this could be attended via telephone / video?

    February 17, 2013

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