Vocabulary: Hard Problem of Consciousness (and Qualia)

Hard Problem of Consciousness

The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how and why sentient organisms have qualia or phenomenal experiences — how and why it is that some internal states are felt states, such as heat or pain, rather than unfelt states, as in a thermostat or a toaster.

 

Basically, how and why do conscious organisms have experiences, with feelings some of the time, while some don’t.

 

Qualia

In philosophy, qualia are individual instances of subjective, conscious experience.

 

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