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Single Idea 2404

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 6. Mysterianism]

Full Idea

It is consistent with the physical facts about a mouse that it has conscious experiences, and it is consistent with the physical facts that it does not.

Gist of Idea

Nothing external shows whether a mouse is conscious


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

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.103

A Reaction

No. It is consistent with our KNOWLEDGE of a mouse that it may or may not be conscious. I take this to be the key error of Chalmers, which led him to the mistaken idea that zombies are possible. The usual confusion of ontology and epistemology….