I experience my consciousness
I see the monitor screen. I hear the hum of the PC fan. I smell the mug of coffee on the table beside me. But I have no idea what it means to say "I experience my consciousness". How are you using the words "experience" and "consciousness" here?
and experience is all about the empirical.
I understand "the empirical" to refer to a /category/ of the data of conscious experience, specifically that category that is taken to appear in conscious experience through the operation of the sense organs. Consequently it seems incongruous to me to claim that conscious experience is "all about" the empirical. There is more to the data of conscious experience than just the empirical.
The "sensory-motor loop" is a technical term that refers some to theoretical abstractions psychologists use to make sense out of consciousness. How can it be unrelated?
That loop is part of our conceptual model of an organism's ability toprocess information. According to that model, there is no reason why that information processing cannot go on "in the dark" as Chalmers puts it
-- i.e. completely unaccompanied by conscious experience of any aspect of that data. If you specify some aspect of behavior as being dependent upon conscious experience, then the question must be asked why that aspect of behavior cannot simply be another layer of information processing and therefore cannot be independent of conscious experience. ========================================== Need Something? Check here: http://ludwig.squarespace.com/wittrslinks/