- Subjective character of experience
That all subjective
phenomenaare associated with a single point of view ("ego") is called the subjective character of experience. The term was coined and illuminated by Thomas Nagelin his famous paper "What is it like to be a bat?" [Nagel, Thomas (1974) What is it like to be a bat? "The Philisophical Review" LXXXIII, 4 (October): 435-50.]
Nagel argues that because bats are apparently
conscious mammalswith an entirely different way of perceiving their environments than the way in which human beingsdo, it is possible to conclude that there is something that it is "like" to be a bat, but not what it is like "for" a bat. While the example of the bat is particularly illustrative, any conscious species might fit. Further, any " organism" would work, as each organism has a unique point of view from which no other organism can gather experience.fact|date=April 2008
* [http://members.aol.com/NeoNoetics/Nagel_Bat.html What is it like to be a bat?]
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