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EliseTheAstronaut # Posted on March 15, 2012 at 3:12 am

:)
an age old question you have stumbled upon, my friend. :)
I’m pretty sure tons of “philosophers” have debated tirelessly about this.

A few people who have written about it are Frank Jackson (Epiphenomenal Qualia), Joseph Levine (Materialism & Qualia: The explanatory gap), Colin McGinn (Can we solve the mind-body problem?), and Valerie Gray Hardcastle (The why of consciousness: a non-issue for materialists). Those articles are taken straight out of the philosophy of mind textbook i’ve got sitting on my desk in front of me, because I read it two years ago and remember the drama regarding that discussion. Some people think it’s an undeniably, cosmically important issue, some think it’s a non-issue. Also related, Thomas Nagel’s question of what it’s like to be a bat. :)

I hate to bombard you with reading material. haha, This is supposed to be a discussion, Elise! But we could literally talk about it until we die. lol.
I tend to lean towards materialism, and that it’s a non-issue… but it still bugs me a tiny bit. just a teeny bit. which I can’t deny.