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[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 5. Qualia / a. Nature of qualia]

Full Idea

What of the fact that we speak of pains that last for a day, even though there are times that they are not conscious?

Gist of Idea

Sometimes we don't notice our pains


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 1.1.3)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.17

A Reaction

This is hardly proof that there are non-conscious pains. Otherwise we might say we have a pain even after it has left us for good (because it might return), which seems daft. Not a crucial issue. The word 'pain' has two uses…