What it is like to be
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- Some take "what it is like to be" to denote a property which some mental states have, whereas others don't.
- Some take it to refer to some parts/properties/features/elements/aspects of conscious experience or phenomenal consciousness.
One conclusion of (Nagel, 1974) is that neither science nor philosophy has the beginnings of a conception of the identity of what the term "what it is like to be" refers to, on the one hand, and a physical state, on the other.
- Nagel, Thomas. "What is it like to be a bat?." The philosophical review 83.4 (1974): 435-450.