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Chalmer's and Consciousness

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Does anyone have a take on Chalmer's dichotomy of consciousness into areas we will be able to know scientifically and areas we will never know?

Seems similar to the idea, addressed years ago by Peikoff, that you may be seeing green while I see yellow. There the answer is essentially, so what, the reality is the same, there may or may not be differences in sense organs and the neurology of perception, but that difference doesn't change objective reality. Bats don't perceive color with their sonar and humans don't perceive 3D shape with their noses. We evolve to take advantage of data in our environment in different ways, but humans have reason, and that changes the sensory ballgame. We can think and create and "see" quarks.

With humans, it's more complex because we can think in abstracts, and so, form complex concepts. But how does that relate to understanding the summary of sense perception that is awareness? How can we compare awareness? I think we do every moment of every day,,,,,,,,,,,, but, metaphysically, what do we say to Chalmer.

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In what sense does Chalmers hold that there are areas we will never know? What areas is he referring to?

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