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Single Idea 7378

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 7. Anti-Physicalism / c. Knowledge argument]

Full Idea

That Mary "has all the physical information" is not readily imaginable, so no one bothers. They just imagine she knows lots and lots - perhaps everything known today - but that is just a drop in the bucket.

Gist of Idea

No one bothers to imagine what it would really be like to have ALL the physical information

Source

comment on Frank Jackson (Epiphenomenal Qualia [1982]) by Daniel Dennett - Consciousness Explained 12.5

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Consciousness Explained' [Penguin 1993], p.399


A Reaction

I certainly don't see how we can rule out a priori the possibility that someone who really had all the physical knowledge might be able to infer the phenomenal properties of colour.