What if I know what it is like to be a bat: mapping phenomenology of the mind on the computational structure

This paper deals with a famous argument in analytic philosophy of mind presented by Thomas Nagel in his paper “What is like to be a bat?” This argument describes a thought experiment which criticizes the possibility of intersubjective study of mind.

Paper makes a hypothesis about the nature of relation between qualia and phenomenological experience in general and the way information is encrypted inside the brain tissue. It is stated that a special formal computational structure for processing of representations can be built. It then develops it so as to present a counterargument to Nagel’s thought experiment basing on that formal structure.

The paper will be useful for those who interested in philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, non-standard logic, theory of computation.

Keywords: “bat”-argument, computation, philosophy of mind, Thomas Nagel, qualia