A UCLA-based group for neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, psychology, cognitive science and the mind.
qua-li-a (noun) the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena.
Singular form: qua-le
What is it like to be a bat?
We know that bats “see” by sending out pulses of ultrasounds and analyzing the returning echoes. But do we know how it actually feels like to be a bat? Would we ever know? This phenomenal quality is the bat’s qualia; in fact, we all have our own qualia that arises from the stimulation of our nerves. The Quale aims, as do many philosophers and scientists, to investigate the problem of bridging the “fathomless chasm” between the objective, material brain and the subjective mind.