Recently a friend had an operation in which she was given medication to make her forget the operation (it was an eye operation done under local anaesthetic, and apparently the "scalpel coming at your eye" memory causes nightmare reactions).
So, she must have had an instant of terror on seeing the scalpel cutting into her eye, but now has no recall.
If so... was she ever terrified? If there is no memory of it whatsoever, can we call it terror? If so, how do any of us know that we haven't been similarly terrified?
This is a question about Hilary Putnam's twin earth thought experiment.
After I read this thought experiment I was not convinced that Oscar's and twin-Oscar's "water" concept have different meanings. But most of the philosophers' intuitions are similar to Putnam (i.e., they think that Oscar's and twin-Oscar's "water" concept have different meanings). I thought that there might be something wrong with me. So I told this thought experiment to different people with different origins but without exception all of them responded that both Oscar's and twin-Oscar's "water" concept have the same meaning.
So I still do not understand, why do so many philosophers' intuitions work like Putnam's?
I am interested to know whether the panelists consider themselves to be contented souls. I am currently searching (as methodically as possible) for a context for my life within, well, "everything" and wondered whether there is a consensus on how long this process is likely to take. I am rapidly realizing that there is no answer yet to some of the biggest questions; so maybe I need to home in on the right questions. I'm sure this is a fairly well trodden path - are there some short cuts or is "the journey" itself a component of "the destination"?