Mary’s Room: A Philosophical Thought Experiment

SHORT VIDEO CLIPS, 6 Sep 2021

Eleanor Nelsen | TED-Ed - TRANSCEND Media Service

Imagine a neuroscientist who has only ever seen black and white things, but she is an expert in color vision and knows everything about its physics and biology. If, one day, she sees color, does she learn anything new? Is there anything about perceiving color that wasn’t captured in her knowledge? Eleanor Nelsen explains what this thought experiment can teach us about experience.


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