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A physicalist explanation of qualia

Arthur T. Murray uj797 at victoria.tc.ca
Tue Apr 15 10:22:36 EST 2003

jonesrob at emporia.edu wrote on 15 Apr 2003:
> Qualia are the felt properties of mental states (just
> as there are the felt properties of ordinary perceptions).
> Artificial intelligences can have qualia provided it is
> possible to redirect the sensory modules/subsystems
> to look at the contents of mental states.  That is,
> the systems which are ordinarily deployed to
> look at and study the outside world must be redirected
> to look at mental state.
Sounds good :-)
The search for an explanation of qualia may be redirected to
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qualia/ (author: Michael Tye)
-- an entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

> In a typical artificial neural network the mental
> states can be the activation of a set of hidden units.
> The feedback of an Elman network is the easiest way
> for the sensory inputs of such a network to look at
> this state vector. More complex versions of this mechanism
> are possible with modularized neural networks.
> Whatever modules ordinarily look at the input layer
> (perceptions) can be redirected to look at the activation
> of one (or more) hidden layers.

http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/theory5.html -- AI4U Theory of Mind;
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/jsaimind.html -- Tutorial "Mind-1.1" 
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/mind4th.html -- Mind.Forth Robot AI;
http://www.scn.org/~mentifex/ai4udex.html -- Index for book: AI4U

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