Philosophy

Zeno Bouncing

If you drop a rigid ball onto a rigid surface, it eventually stops bouncing without ever bouncing the last time! This is called Zeno behavior, after Zeno’s most famous paradox (Achilles and the tortoise). Suppose we drop the ball from a height of 1m, and the coefficient of restitution is 0.9. So every bounce is […]

The Information Argument

You may want to read these posts before continuing: Ineffability of Qualia What is Sentience? The Dualist’s Predicament Refuting Physicalism Subjectively   Imagine a universe with two similar rooms, called room0 and room1. In room0 there is a closed note with ‘0’ written on it, and in room1 there is a closed note with ‘1’ […]

Refuting Physicalism Subjectively

(The content that used to be on this page has been simplified. The original argument is linked at the end of the page.) You may want to read these posts before continuing: Ineffability of Qualia What is Sentience? The Dualist’s Predicament   In the universe, there is a red room and a blue room. You […]

The Dualist’s Predicament

In philosophy of the mind, there are two major camps: The physicalists, who claim that everything is physical, and therefore mind is nothing more than physical brain: an extremely sophisticated biological computer. The dualists, who believe that mind consists of a physical brain, as well as a non-physical aspect, such as a soul, for example. […]

What is Sentience?

In the previous post (Ineffability of Qualia) we saw that the meaning of a color cannot be expressed objectively, because it is inherently subjective. The same goes for sentience. What is it like to see orange? What is it like to be sentient? Let’s try some definitions: Orange is the color of oranges. Orange is […]

Ineffability of Qualia

This post is the first part in short series on philosophy of the mind. At the end of each part, there is a link to the next. Suppose you and I experienced red and blue differently: You: red blue Me:  red blue We would never be able to prove this, or even realize it. It […]

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