I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
Actually, I think most people accept the existence of qualia.
Why should the eyes be denied what delights them most?
Sense data are much more controversial than qualia, because they are associated with a controversial theory of perception – that one perceives the world by perceiving one’s sense-data, or something like that.
I never expected this to catch on in the way it did! Of course similar observations have been made by any number of people, and the distinction is obvious to anyone who thinks about the subject a little.
Even when I was studying mathematics, physics, and computer science, it always seemed that the problem of consciousness was about the most interesting problem out there for science to come to grips with.
Perugia is my true fatherland because there I grew to manhood.
Things are still in early stages, but one can imagine that as we build up and systematize our theories of these associations, and try to boil them down to their core, the result might point us toward the sort of fundamental principles I advocate.
My interests started about in science and in mathematics; I always thought I was going to be a mathematician.
It probably helps that my background is in the sciences and I can speak the scientists’ language.