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Jonathan Riedel


This paper was written for a class entitled Philosophy of Psychology. The main objective of the class is to tackle the question of what to do when neuroscientific evidence conflicts with what ordinary people report of their experience. What happens when the personal explanation is at odds with the subpersonal? One such manifestation of the conflict, dubbed “the interface dilemma,” is introspection: what one reports about their feelings and beliefs, barring a motivation to lie, seems incorrigible. No one can tell me I am wrong when I say I am sad because the only access to that knowledge is through introspection, my private and personal experience.

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