Cancellation and Quotation
Today I happened by chance on an article in Scientific American on panpsychism by Dan Falk. The second paragraph contains the sentences: “As philosopher David Chalmers asked: ‘How does the water of the brain turn into the wine of consciousness?’ He famously dubbed this quandary the ‘hard problem’ of consciousness.” In the second paragraph of my 1989 paper “Can We solve the Mind-Body Problem?” I write: “The specific problem I want to discuss concerns consciousness, the hard nut of the mind-body problem” and go on to say: “Somehow, we feel, the water of the physical brain is turned into the wine of consciousness, but we draw a total blank on the nature of this conversion”. Chalmers’ book The Conscious Mind was published in 1996 (I reviewed it). Whose mistake is this? Will anyone correct it? Is it the result of cancellation? I suspect it is, which would be hilarious if it wasn’t so sickening. Has it reached the point where my words are quoted admiringly and then attributed to someone else? I suppose the next thing will be that my books are attributed to another author!