Time, Form and the Limits of Qualia

Document Type: 
Article
Article Type: 
Theoretical
Disciplines: 
Psychology
Topics: 
Theory of Consciousness
Keywords: 
qualia, dynamic form, time
Deposited by: 
Dr Stephen E Robbins
Date of Issue: 
2007
Authors: 
Stephen E. Robbins
Journal/Publication Title: 
Journal of Mind and Behavior
Volume: 
28
Issue Number: 
1
Page Range: 
19-43
Alternative URL: 
http://www.stephenerobbins.com/Articles/Qualia-Mind-Behavior-3-revised.pdf
Abstract: 
Our understanding of qualia is extremely weak when considerations of time are brought into play. Ignored has been the fact that the scale of time imposed by the brain on the events of the matter-field already defines quality, and that there is an essential “primary memory” or continuity of time that underlies all qualitative events. This weakness is magnified when the concept of qualia is applied to form. The origin of the dilemma rests in the fact that the problem of qualia is posed in the context of an abstract space and time. When the time-evolution of the matter-field is taken as indivisible or non-differentiable, the problem can be reposed. It becomes a problem of the optimal specification of properties of an already qualitative matter-field at a particular scale of time.
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