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Knowledge argument

The knowledge argument (also known as Mary's room or Mary the super-scientist) is a philosophical thought experiment proposed by Frank Jackson in his article "Epiphenomenal Qualia" (1982) and extended in "What Mary Didn't Know" (1986). The experiment is intended to argue against physicalism—the view that the universe, including all that is mental, is entirely physical. The debate that emerged following its publication became the subject of an edited volume—There's Something About Mary (2004)—which includes replies from such philosophers as Daniel Dennett, David Lewis, and Paul Churchland.

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A video about the Mary the Color Scientist problem. The thought experiment is supposed to make it seem like it's obvious Mary wouldn't be able to anticipate what seeing a color is actually like. I think this thought experiment is bogus, since it's based on the assumption that "complete" knowledge doesn't involve feeling. If we assume she knows everything about color, then she would know what it would feel like to see color, and she would easily be able to identify colors, based on our initial assumptions. In other words, it's a thought experiment that assumes the answer is she wouldn't know what it feels like to see color, even though we've assumed she can based on the parameters of the experiment.

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