One of the most puzzling features of the conscious experience is the apparent nonlocality of the neural correlates of percepts. Since every aspect of our subjective experience should be ultimately explained in terms of the mutual relationships between neural firings (Mach's principle), it logically follows that the elements of perception (a.k.a. qualia) are coded nonlocally in terms of the physical processes in the brain. The firing of a single neuron with a particular stimulus selectivity does not suffice. The neuro-physiological data on the neural basis of color perception is compatible with the hypothesis that (e.g.) the quale of red is coded by the cluster of neural activity including those in V1 and V4. Despite this nonlocal nature of the neural correlate, we can subjectively perceive a red spot at a particular position in the visual field. This seemingly nonlocal to local mapping from the cortical activities to the percepts in subjective experience is one of the key features to be explained about consciousness.
The value of a work of art is determined by the quality of sensation, or "Qualia" which are felt when you see it in front of you. It cannot be verbalized It cannot be symbolized It cannot be marketed easily. Surprisingly, even a work of literature, which is the art of words, is determined by the quality of Qualia experienced, that which cannot be verbalized or symbolized. When you look back you realize that the important things in life are all things that cannot be verbalized. That ticklish feeling when you got into a swimming pool with your friend when you were a child. That restless feeling before your first date. That heavy feeling you get when you are in conflict with someone. It originates in ordinary daily living and crystallizes in the promise of the ultimate. When you feel like this in front of a work of art, you call it a masterpiece and are thankful for it. The joy of being alive surges through you. Forget what is already on the market. Stay with your inner, most compelling, sweet, sad Qualia. And sublimate that Qualia into a pop-like style. I hereby declare Qualia fundamentalism.