I should ask you that one thing : imagine that there where two people in front of you, one that “feels from the inside” and one that doesn’t, but you don’t know which. How would you differentiate the two ?
But… you don’t get any new information about the color blue. At best, you are getting information about your brain structure as you experience the specific sequence in your visual cortex that corresponds to the color blue; but you don’t have any more insight or information about the color blue.[quote=“Paul_Thinks, post:69, topic:111549”]
Qualia by it’s very nature is only introspectively accessible, it’s the experience of our individual mental lives. If it were explained in objective reductionist physical terms how would it be qualia?
The failure of communicating qualia is a failure of communication, not information, because qualia are just a concept, a word to quickly label a category of processes related to “feelings about feeling”, but qualia are not real in the sense that there isn’t truly something physical or objective to attach to it, but it can be a useful metaphorical abstraction when discussing this kind of topic.
That’s not directly what I was implying in the original quote, but that’s a good time to address this anyway: anything that isn’t observable (in the physical sense of the term) nor has any direct influence on the universe is to be considered with overwhelming probability to not actually be real