Okay, I am going to present an argument that is going to sound absolutely crazy, and I don't even know if any of you will understand it. It seems like I am the only one in history who has ever been plagued by these precise thoughts. If the logic in this argument were sound, and the premises true, then that would prove that I was the only one who is truly conscious. I hope that some of you can destroy the argument, or come up with an explanation for why this is so, which will allow for the existence of other minds. I just ask that instead of dismissing it as incoherent, you take the time and try to understand what I mean. I caution you not to believe anything I am arguing, because I don't want you to feel the same way I felt. But at the same time, I am hoping for others to help me resolve this issue. You might be familiar with the concept of qualia. If not, I encourage you to look it up. In my mind, either qualia constitutes a perceiving subject, or the qualia is owned by the perceiving subject. If qualia constitutes a perceiving subject, than the identity of that subject is either attached to an instance of qualia or to qualia itself. It is the same concept as wetness either belonging to an instance of water or to water itself. If the identity of a perceiving subject belongs to qualia itself, then whenever we have qualia, we have one individual self and no others are possible. This constitutes what I call the absolute self. If an individual posses qualia, then given that the previous statements are all true, that individual is the absolute self. It is then of no value for that individual to ascribe self-hood to any other individual, because their self-hood would not be in the same category. Now you might not see a problem because I have not established the first or second premise given in my second paragraph. But for me it is a problem, because I experience my own qualia as being of that sort. It is not through logical deduction that I even first arrived at this whole concept, but through the way that my mind manifests itself upon introspection. If my mind manifest itself in this precise way, and with these precise properties, how can I convince myself that this is not the case. Do you guys see where I am getting at? I know it sounds crazy but it is a real concept that I came up with.