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johnb24's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by johnb24

We will never be in a position to determine if our sensation of (say) red is the same as that of another individual (Richard D, above).

All of our knowledge/experience of the empirical world/world of experience resides in our own brains (does it not? I'm really asking). As well as colour (discussed above) does not a similar question arise for much, if not all, else?

Do we in fact live in a shared world? And before screaming an obvious "yes", think about it a bit.

Wittgenstein said that consciousness exists only in the singular.

John

PS The philosopher Bryan Magee has carried out several interviews with unsighted (blind) people and has published some ideas.

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