Philosophy for Lunch - "Do You See What I See?"
The sky looks blue to me. Does it look blue to you? Even if you were to say “yes,” how would we know that we are referring to the same color with our word “blue?” Mightn’t it be possible that you experience what I call “red” every time you look at things I call “green”? Would we even be able to tell? This idea, the possibility of undetectable color inversion, is often put forward as indicating the irreducibility of consciousness to functional (or causal) properties. In this P4L, we will explore whether color inversion is possible (in humans), whether it would be undetectable, and the implications these possibilities have for our understanding of consciousness. (Special Guest: Ryan McElhaney)
Schmitt Hall 104
11:30AM–12:30PM—every Thursday. —come early!
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• What is P4L?
Students, professors, and other philosophy enthusiasts close-read and discuss a few great passages of philosophy.
• Who’s invited?
No preparation or previous knowledge of philosophy is needed. Everyone is welcome!
• Should I bring anything?
Bring a beverage, and if you’re hungry, bring your actual lunch.