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What are qualia?

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Qualia are defined as the properties of sensory experiences by virtue of which there is something it is like to have them.

It is this concept of 'what it is likeness' that has made qualia (singular quale) a fascinating and hotly debated topic in the philosophy of mind recently.

It is argued these are unknowable unless one physically experiences them - for instance Thomas Nagel argues that we can never know what it is like to be a bat.

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