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Old 05-19-2019, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by RaftPeople View Post
If we ignore consciousness for a minute and just think in terms of brain states, the point is that just like your box but on a larger scale there could be multiple environments in which the brain states evolve in exactly the same manner and successfully provide the correct responses for survival.

Let's pretend there is an alternate world with two differences:
1 - Light from the sun has a different mix of intensities at different wavelengths so to us things look different
2 - The rods, cones and rgc's in the alien all have shifted sensitivities so that the activation under various conditions matches our cells under comparable conditions (sunny day, cloudy day, etc.)

If we assume everything else about the environment and our alien is the same, then, despite differences in the external environment, the internal brain states would be the same.

Assuming you agree with the hypothetical, would there be any difference in the conscious experience? It seems like the answer must be no because there is no other signal available to create different conscious experience.
HMHW, I'm curious about your position on this, same or different conscious experience?