Qualia

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Qualia [1] is a term philosophers use for bits of perception or subjective, conscious experience. It is in the field called the philosophy of psychology, or philosophy of mind.[2]

Examples of qualia include the pain of a headache, the taste of wine, or the perceived redness of an evening sky. It is a separate bit of experience, different from thinking about propositions or stream of consciousness thought.[3]

Daniel Dennett (b. 1942), American philosopher and cognitive scientist, says qualia is "an unfamiliar term for something that could not be more familiar to each of us: the ways things seem to us".[4]

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  1. singular form: quale
  2. Online papers on qualia, by various authors, compiled by David Chalmers
  3. Kriegel, Uriah 2014. Current controversies in philosophy of mind. New York: Taylor & Francis. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-415-53086-6. 
  4. "Dennett D. ''Quining Qualia''". Ase.tufts.edu. 1985-11-21. Retrieved 2010-12-03.