Friday, 10 September 2010

Morning Scepticism: Hard Problems

Consider the eye. If evolution holds true then at one stage our ancestors didn't have eyes, yet now we do. And what good is half an eye? Checkmate evolutionists! The hard problem of the eye is solved not by ancestors with half an eye, but a more basic eye, and this goes all the way back to the barest patch of skin that is reactive to light. The lesson should be that when it comes to biology, we should be wary of the hard problem of anything. To talk in terms of the hard problem of consciousness should be as absurd as talking about the hard problem of the eye.

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