PHIL 482 - Philosophy of Mind
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Philosophy (PHIL)
Department: LSA Philosophy
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
PHIL 345, 381, or 383.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

HomieLikes and the Theory Bearers

Once upon a time there was a little mystic named HomieLikes. She went for a walk in the brain¬forest, to seek her fortune explaining conscious experience: asking why it's "like" something to be a "Homie" (a Human, Old enough,Mentally-healthy, Incarnate, Experiencer). She knocked on the door of the Theory Bearers, and when no one answered, she walked right in.

"Your problem is too hard!", growled Papa Bearer. "As David Chalmers imagines, even if we knew everything about the brainforest, we wouldn’t know what it’s like to be a Homie, or why a Homie isn't a zombie without conscious feelings."

"Your riddle is too easy!", poohpoohed Mama Bearer. "As Daniel Dennett narrates, as long as you don't eat up all that cold porridge about the brainforest's being enchanted, and as long as you don’t lie on a soft bed of lies about consciousness, you can explain it while sitting in my easy chair."

"Your question is just right!", cried Baby Bearer. "In an arbor near here, my wolverine friends and I backpack through a fun course exploring each tree in the brainforest. We climb some trees for a higher order view of others. We reach into other trees for a taste of hunny and an inside look. We swing from tree to tree, and build bridges connecting the brainforest with the rest of the Hundred Acres. We even kick around what it might be like to be a little woodland creature, or a spartan, or a tree nut, or a Homie that eats those tie dye colored mushrooms."

Just then, HomieLikes jumped up, ran as fast as her legs could carry her to backpack Baby Bearer's course, and they all lived happily ever after.

PHIL 482 - Philosophy of Mind
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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