What it is like to be

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The famous term introduced by Thomas Nagel. It is often used to characterize phenomenal consciousness or phenomenal properties.

One conclusion of (Nagel, 1974)[1] 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.


  1. Nagel, Thomas. "What is it like to be a bat?." The philosophical review 83.4 (1974): 435-450.