Dissolving the “Hard Problem” of Consciousness

by Mark R. Waser (originally appeared Feb. 21, 2013 at Transhumanity.Net

Maybe I’m missing something, but it looks like everyone is overlooking the obvious when discussing the so-called “hard problem” of consciousness (per Chalmers [1995], the “explanatory gap” of “phenomenal consciousness” or “qualia” or “subjective consciousness” or “conscious experience”). So let’s make a few assumptions and try a little thought experiment. Continue reading