Another simpler but seemingly paradoxical way of saying this is “Qualia are merely a new sort of sense along side the traditional external senses. They are a sense of sensation itself. As the optic nerves lead information from the eyes to the brain, qualia nerves feed information from several parts of the brain to the brain and delivering it as sense data.”. It is not clear to me how to describe the sensory cortex in this framework. If blindsight bypasses the sensory cortex, as Ramachandran proposes, where in the brain is the special and complex functions such as edge detection that would seem to be necessary for the benefits of those blindsight pathways.