Why Does Qualia Matter? Because qualia helps matter endure, just as the hexagon shape helps the snowflake endure. The qualia we notice stills the chaos of matter, briefly, and makes the world knowable. The mind full of qualia is strong. The empty mind is immortal.
Thirty spokes unite in a nave, but the nothingness in the hub
Gives rise to its usefulness, for thereupon it goes round.
– Tao Te Ching