The meaning of “qualia”

From the Latin, meaning “what kind”, qualia is a philosophical term that refers to the subjective qualities of sensory perception and the feeling they generate.  Qualia is not only the redness of red, but the way that redness makes us feel. It is not just the smell of a spring morning, it is the memory it recalls. Qualia are, in essence, our own unique and personal perceptions of our environment.

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