The Hard Problem of Consciousness:
Resolving the confusion in 500 words
This summary has been distilled down from my lengthy (27,000 words) article, “The Possibility of Materialism”, which critiques the work of David Chalmers.
Mike Holliday : 5 January 2017
The argument that consciousness is a “mystery” often goes something like this: There are aspects of experiences that are characterised in qualitative, first-
However, this line of thought involves two fundamental errors. The first is a failure to distinguish between (i) qualitative vs. structural-
The second error is a failure to investigate the applicability criteria for phenomenal concepts – it is simply assumed that the criterion must be the instantiation of the relevant intrinsic property. But it is possible, indeed plausible, that those criteria relate to facts concerning other aspects of our first-