PhilPapers Survey question on Perceptual Experience
David Chalmers, et al, at philpapers
did a philosophy survey in Nov, 2009. A few of the questions were relevant to consciousness, in particular question #21 on perceptual experience.
There were basically 4 'camps' from which to chose with various 'other' options that were selected.
- Qualia Theory
- Sense-datum Theory
The purpose of this topic include: First to collaboratively and continuously develop concise up to date definitions of each of these camps and / or get a better handle on just what people who selected these options believe. Second, is to not only find out who is willing to publicly support these various 'camps', but to open the survey up to anyone interested in participating, including experts
and non experts. There are also many other ways to classify or 'canonize'
things for comparison purposes. And finally, to attempt to give some real time historical tracking of how many people are in each camp going forwarded - to make it possible for anyone that 'jumps' camp, to publically do so easily and definitively, at any time.
The various 'other' options selected include:
- Insufficiently familiar with the issue: 631 / 3226 (19.5%)
- Agnostic/undecided: 214 / 3226 (6.6%)
- Accept another alternative: 106 / 3226 (3.2%)
- Skip: 102 / 3226 (3.1%)
- Reject all: 99 / 3226 (3%)
- Reject one or two, undecided between others: 74 / 3226 (2.2%)
- Accept more than one: 61 / 3226 (1.8%)
- The question is too unclear to answer: 46 / 3226 (1.4%)
- Accept an intermediate view: 34 / 3226 (1%)
- Other: 24 / 3226 (0.7%)
- There is no fact of the matter: 8 / 3226 (0.2%)
- Total Other: 1399 / 3226 (43.3%)
Of course canonizer.com is designed to enable people with 'other' views, multiple views, and so on, to more explicitly indicate what it is they believe, and to find out how many others, if any, agree with them, so it is hoped that all the 'other' beliefs can also be more definitively defined, quantified, and tracked.