Dennett changes his mind(David Chalmers)


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July 31, 2006

Dennett changes his mind

A recent issue of Minds and Machines is devoted to the philosophy of Daniel Dennett. It includes an interview with Dennett (subscription required), which is by and large pretty interesting, but which includes along the way the following remarkable passage:

  David Chalmers and I have discussed this for what seems an indeterminable number of years,
  and he candidly grants that he has no arguments in favor of qualia that I haven't rebutted to
  his satisfaction, he just can't let go of the belief in them.

Needless to say, I've never granted any such thing. I don't think that Dennett's responses are at all satisfactory -- see section 2 of "Moving Forward on the Problem of Consciousness" for details.