Nagel Believes

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    fundamentally an organism has conscious mental states if and only if there is something that it is like to be that organism—something it is like for the organism.
    —Thomas Nagel (b. 1938)

    There is undoubtedly something religious about it: everyone believes that they are special, that they are chosen, that they have a special relation with fate. Here is the test: you turn over card after card to see in which way that is true. If you can defy the odds, you may be saved. And when you are cleaned out, the last penny gone, you are enlightened at last, free perhaps, exhilarated like an ascetic by the falling away of the material world.
    Andrei Codrescu (b. 1947)