Principia Qualia: the executive summary

Put simply, Principia Qualia (click for full version) is a blueprint for building a new Science of Qualia.   PQ begins by considering a rather modest question: what is emotional valence? What makes some things feel better than others? This sounds like the sort of clear-cut puzzle affective neuroscience […]

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Principia Qualia

I’m proud to announce the immediate availability of Principia Qualia (download link). I started this project over six years ago, when trying to understand the problem of valence, or what makes some things feel better than others. Over time, I […]

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If a brain emulation has a headache, does it hurt?

Anders Sandberg has a new article out, “Ethics of brain emulations”. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/0952813X.2014.895113 He discusses the uncertainties inherent in whether emulations are ‘sentient’ (i.e., whether WBEs are conscious and can feel pain) and moral considerations and strategies thereof. I’m generally rather […]

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