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Thank you for your detailed response. I am still not sure how we bring conscious experience to this argument.
Is this a valid summary of your position? “Saying atoms produce wetness means that it necessarily includes a perception of wetness. ”
In that case how about the quality of dissolving? The quality of water to dissolve another substance is an attribute of water. If someone says atoms combine and then this quality exists. Do we then say we cannot determine that water really dissolves unless we perceive it? It seems you are trying to bring a conscious experience of water to the argument and they are purposely avoiding that.