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Single Idea 3390

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 7. Zombies]

Full Idea

Some philosophers doubt the coherence of the very idea of inverted or absent qualia.

Gist of Idea

Are inverted or absent qualia coherent ideas?


Jaegwon Kim (Philosophy of Mind [1996], p.115)

Book Reference

Kim,Jaegwon: 'Philosophy of Mind' [Westview 1998], p.115

A Reaction

The possibility of inverted qualia with identical brain structures strikes me as nil, but it would be odd to deny that qualia could be changed by brain surgery, given that insects can see ultra-violet, and some people are colourblind.