Structural qualia: a solution to the hard problem of consciousness

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Loorits , K 2014 , ' Structural qualia: a solution to the hard problem of consciousness ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 2014/5 , 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00237 .

Title: Structural qualia: a solution to the hard problem of consciousness
Author: Loorits, Kristjan
Contributor organization: Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies 2010-2017
Date: 2014
Language: eng
Belongs to series: Frontiers in Psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/153430
Abstract: The hard problem of consciousness has been often claimed to be unsolvable by the methods of traditional empirical sciences. It has been argued that all the objects of empirical sciences can be fully analyzed in structural terms but that consciousness is (or has) something over and above its structure. However, modern neuroscience has introduced a theoretical framework in which also the apparently non-structural aspects of consciousness, namely the so called qualia or qualitative properties, can be analyzed in structural terms. That framework allows us to see qualia as something compositional with internal structures that fully determine their qualitative nature. Moreover, those internal structures can be identified which certain neural patterns. Thus consciousness as a whole can be seen as a complex neural pattern that misperceives some of its own highly complex structural properties as monadic and qualitative. Such neural pattern is analyzable in fully structural terms and thereby the hard problem is solved.
Subject: 515 Psychology
611 Philosophy
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