In Thomas Nagel’s book The View from Nowhere he makes the point that there is a tendency in the philosophy of mind to eliminate the subjective side of reality. In essence Nagel claims that subjectivity just is a part of the real world. It is like numbers and matter, it is an irreducible part of our experience, and when we seek to explain it (away) we lose out on one very important part of reality. Bill Vallicella at Maverick Philosopher make similar points in his argument against Dan Dennett’s arguments in Consciousness Explained. Check out Bill’s blog post, it is well worth the time.