CAN ZOMBIES DREAM?

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Transliteration of original Title: 
Mozhet li zombi mechtat'?
Author(s): 
Sergey Merzlyakov
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Issue number: 
No. 2 (Vol. 36)
Pages: 
108-122
Abstract: 

One of the most debated issues in contemporary philosophy of mind is the problem of the status of private states of consciousness. The author analyzes the concept of epiphenomenalism and refers to the mechanism of the «reward system» to indicate that qualia can be the cause of behavior. The article deals with the thought experiment «philosophical zombie» which allows to show that qualia are an integral part of the modeling system. The author concludes that the private state of mind can cause an emotional response to a simulated situation.

Keywords: 
subjectivity, imagination, qualia, consciousness, the hard problem of consciousness
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