Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia
Chalmers (David)
Source: Chalmers - The Conscious Mind, 1996, Chapter 7
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    I argue for a principle of organizational invariance: systems with the same fine-grained functional organization have the same sort of conscious experience. I argue that absent qualia and inverted qualia are (naturally or nomologically) impossible, using thought-experiments1 involving replacement of neurons by silicon chips. If absent qualia are possible, a phenomenon I call "fading qualia" is possible; if inverted qualia are possible, a phenomenon I call "dancing qualia" is possible; but it is very implausible that fading qualia or dancing qualia are possible. So it is very implausible that absent or inverted qualia possible. This leads to a nonreductive functionalism, according to which experience is determined by (but not necessarily constituted by) functional organization.
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  1. The principle of organizational invariance
  2. Absent qualia
  3. Fading qualia
  4. Inverted qualia
  5. Dancing qualia
  6. Nonreductive functionalism

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