more from John Perry

Single Idea 4884

[catalogued under 15. Nature of Minds / B. Features of Minds / 1. Consciousness / a. Consciousness]

Full Idea

The brain state will involve certain parts of the brain, whereas my feeling of pain seems to be located in my hand insofar as it has a bodily location.

Gist of Idea

Brain states must be in my head, and yet the pain seems to be in my hand


John Perry (Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness [2001], 1.2)

Book Reference

Perry,John: 'Knowledge, Possibility and Consciousness' [MIT 2001], p.6

A Reaction

This seems important to me. The brain is a ventriloquist. Perry implies that pain is quasi-disembodied, but it isn't, it is just experienced as IN the hand. Perhaps it is in the hand? Cutting the nerves loses contact with the pain.