On the hard problem of consciousness: Why is physics not enough?

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2016
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12325
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Nikolic, Hrvoje
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I present 3 arguments that the laws of physics, by themselves, cannot explain the origin of phenomenal consciousness. First, physics investigates the objective, while consciousness is subjective. Second, the laws of physics are syntactical, while consciousness is semantic. Third, the concept of consciousness cannot even be defined in terms of physics.