more from Frank Jackson

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


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.