The knowledge argument aims to establish that conscious experience involves non-physical properties. It rests on the idea that someone who has complete physical knowledge about another conscious being might yet lack knowledge about how it feels to have the experiences of that being. It is one of the most discussed arguments against physicalism. The Knowledge Argument became the subject of intense philosophical discussion following its canonical formulation by Frank Jackson
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Qualia: The Knowledge Argument
Jackson quotes are from "Epiphenomenal Qualia. Jackson describes himself as "a qualia freak". The word "qualia" is the plural of the word "quale" pronounced KWA-lay. A quale is a "raw feel". Examples of qualia include "the hurtfulness of pains, the itchiness of itches, pangs of jealousy" and the taste of pineapple, the smell of a rose, etc. Some people think qualia are the obvious counterexample to physicalism's claim that everything about the mental can be understood in purely physical terms.
Jackson offers the following argument against physicalism:. Although he finds this a perfectly good argument, he realizes that it will not persuade everyone. The Knowledge Argument for Qualia. People vary in their ability to discriminate colors.