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

Full Idea

"Qualia" can be replaced by complex dispositional states of the brain.

Gist of Idea

"Qualia" can be replaced by complex dispositional brain states

Source

Daniel Dennett (Consciousness Explained [1991], 14.1)

Book Reference

Dennett,Daniel: 'Consciousness Explained' [Penguin 1993], p.431


A Reaction

'Dispositional' reveals Dennett's behaviourist roots (he was a pupil of Ryle). Fodor is right that physicalism cannot just hide behind the word "complexity". That said, the combination of complexity and speed might add up to physical 'qualia'.