Philosophy of mind is a branch of philosophy that studies the nature of the mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties, consciousness, and their relationship to the physical body, particularly the brain.

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Who is my Idol?

I had asked a question who is your Idol. I couldn't answer it , I think lot and decide to who will my Idol? "Everyone is my Idol who is perfectionist in their profession". This one become my quote.
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Why does the average mind act to fulfill his desires?

Let's consider the following experiment: We tell a human to choose between two things, one is a "tasty" dish, and the other is a dish that doesn't is flavorless. Those two dishes have the same ...
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How can intuitions be infallible?

I happen to come across the theory that intuitions are infallible, therefore whatever we intuit must be true. How is this rational at all? Our intuitions do not come from experience, so we really can ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness really an issue about its operationalization?

Consider the following: S1: The assumption that “the chair has certain affordances (weathered, rickety, sturdy, available, etc.)” is a non-arbitrary subroutine in an operant or respondent activity ...
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Are information carrying systems of the same complexity equivalent? (integrated information theory)

I have just come into contact with the integrated information theory of consciousness (and its relatives), which would have it that consciousness stems from information-rich (and integrated) systems. ...
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Explain Hilary Putnam's argument against Cartesian skepticism

Hilary Putnam, in "Reason, Truth And History", attempts to argue against Cartesian (or hyperbolic) doubt, by proving that a 'brain in a vat' cannot actually think that it is a brain in a vat. Part ...
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What does it mean to deny consciousness is physical?

My question is really theories of consciousness that take the view that it is fundamentally non-physical. I understand the meaning of applying predicates like brittle, soft, hard, light, heavy, ...
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Do thoughts exist? How about ideas?

Do thoughts exist? (Yes, I know it depends what I mean by 'existence' but I want that to be included in any answer; another way to phrase my question would be, can you define 'existence' with a ...
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Does Cartesian Doubt Depend on Cartesian Dualism?

Even though this isn't exactly accurate, the way I like to think of Descartes' hyperbolic doubt as stating that there's no way to prove that information gained through sensory experience is accurate. ...
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Is perception presentational or representational?

Is perception presentational or representational? If you assume it is representational then sensory motor emulation (mental imagery, counter-factual rehearsal, anticipation, goal planning, etc. ...
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Are programmers evidence Artificial Intelligence is impossible?

While not a logical proof, this appears to be a practical disproof of AI. If it were possible to replace programmers, with all the brainpower and sheer quantities of money directed at computer ...
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What is the meaning of Kant's category 'Community'?

I've got a deadline in a few days and I'm struggling to find any explanations of 'Community' (gemeinschaft) which I can understand with real world examples.
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Do limits of human nature suggest that it could be principally understood?

Human nature is limited, so is our thinking. We are limited by our bodies, and power of thoughts is limited by the number of cortical and other neurons, number and speed of their connections, which ...
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About Thoughts & Voices

A question is perplexing me recently: whether our thoughts are dependent on voices , or in another word, can we have any thoughts without voices? Hegel remarks:'The voice comes very close to ...
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Difference between learning and understanding information?

I seek to learn, but feel I only just "understand" ... I want to learn it to use it, know it, understand it, and feel like I really get with something ... not just read a line of text that says "Push ...
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What school of thought is used in Wolfenstein: The New Order Tekla Monologue?

What philosophical frame is used in this Wolfenstein: The New Order Tekla Monologue? -B Jesus Christ Tekla, aren't you asleep? -T I try not to sleep. No telling if I will ever wake up. -T Let me ask ...
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Definition of concept

What definition does contemporary analytic philosophy give of 'concept'? And what is the difference between a concept of something and a conception of something? Then what's the difference between ...
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What is thinking the universe is made up called? [closed]

There is a theory in which a person thinks that everything he sees and everything he knows is made up in his head. He is the only one that thinks and the others are just fragments of his imagination. ...
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Human transportation

If a transportation machine is ever created which can transport a human instantly (or near instantly) to the other side of the planet, where the original human is cloned to the other side and then the ...
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Explanation on Descartes' statement

"I think, therefore I am." Will anybody explain to me as clearly as possible what this statement actually mean?
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Can computers be programmed to be 'creative'?

When a artist strokes their brush on a canvas and paints a beautiful work of art they may be referred as creative person. Or perhaps a musician or a writer. Does this creativeness come from the soul ...
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How many colours are there for-us (as qualia)?

The visual spectrum, for human beings, occupies only a very small section of the full electro-magnetic spectrum. This, allows the possibility, that there are more possible colour qualia possible. ...
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is the answer contained in the question when it is well formulated? [closed]

we expect others especially authorities to give us answers. can anyone have answers to our own questions except oureselves when letting the question being unconsciously processed and give space for ...
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About Supervenience and how it is used

What is supervenience and is there controversy over its definition? Does it have to do with the list of qualities of two 'things' being compared?
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the self as agency is a brain function or a kind of solid entity, a soul? [duplicate]

Blockquote Sense of agency From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The "sense of agency" (SA) refers to the subjective awareness that one is initiating, executing, and controlling one's own ...
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Can we see our future? [closed]

Sometime I feel like these incident or moments I had spent before. When I visit new places which I never visited then also I feel like I had visited it before. I might have seen these things in my ...
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I am not my body

My intuitive reaction to thought experiments such as described in the following question leaves me thinking I am not my body. Almost Sure Mind Transfer via Parfit's Identity Theory (interesting ...
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How is thought, which has become the means of self-expansion, to act without giving sustenance to the ego, the cause of conflict and sorrow?

Is this not an important question? Do not let me make it important to you. Is this not a vital question to each one? If it is, must we not find the true answer? We are nourishing the ego in many ways, ...
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Why should one study Philosophy? [duplicate]

I wanted to ask, preferably those who study it... Would you recommend it? Also, what should one expect of studying Philosophy? Thanks.
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is knowledge an impediment for seeing things the way they are? is silent observation the true instrument of comprehension? [closed]

when we are in a state of not knowing there is much more sensitivity, choiceless awareness, impartial observation, it seems to me.its knowledge the cloud of belief, conclusions preventing the true ...
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Is feeling the heaviness of something a quale?

When I pick up an object, I feel its heaviness. Classical mechanics tells us that what determines how heavy something feels to a given person is a property of matter called mass. I see a kind of ...
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What's the difference between cloning and metabolism in terms of affecting personal identity?

Suppose I'm cloned when I am alive. Provided there is a technology that can copy ALL my mental states into the clone, such as memories, values, beliefs and the like. No more, no less. Also there is ...
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On speaking of 'apparently' non-physical things

Something has really been bugging me lately. Bare in mind I haven't really studied any Philosophy of Mind, but I currently accept that only the physical exists. It comes as being something very ...
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What exactly is it that Gödel is supposed to have done that an algorithm can't

I've heard a lot of people say that Gödel's proof shows that human intelligence somehow goes beyond what a computer could ever do. It's only ever been articulated to me very badly, though not for want ...
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Is ethics anthropocentric?

Is ethics anthropocentric? It seems as if ethics mainly revolves around the issues that human intelligence faces? Do we treat ethics as just a mere end and not a means, and if so, does that make ...
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Is focus dependent upon time?

I have been contemplating on various things happening around me and was categorising them on the basis of how much focused I am and also considering the time of day, the question which comes up is how ...
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Dennett's view on the effect language has on the mind/brain

Several years ago, while studying philosophy, I recall reading in numerous sources that Dennett believed (or was interpreted as believing - by either Clark or Churchland [or Fodor?]) that it was ...
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When society has reached Marloes higher development would there be any religion is superstition?

There are some who say the need for belief in the unseen us but a grasp for stability. The real question is can man survive in the present and seen?
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Assuming a mind could be uploaded, how would we know if it worked?

Let's assume that all of the technology for uploading a mind actually exists. This is the hope held by some that we could one day transfer our brain contents onto digital media - in other words, ...
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Was there support for panpsychism among the Romantic poets?

Phillip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy and vocal critic of religion, is a supporter of panpsychism, the doctrine that consciousness arises because every inanimate particle actually ...
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How is variation in genes related to self-awareness?

I sometimes wonder if "I" would have existed if another sperm had fertilized the egg that was to become "me". Is this even answerable in any meaningful way? I sit here and experience myself as a ...
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Can a machine, lacking reflection, be a Person?

We are well beyond Frankenstein and the experience that the machine—“it’s alive”! As we continue to rely on Suri’s for GPS directions, “self”-checkout aisles, or the artificial intelligence of robotic ...
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Human Thinking versus Computer Thinking

I'm wondering about the fundamental differences between human thinking and computer thinking. And my questions are the following. Is it wise to consider all human thinking as algorithms? Would it be ...
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What is the difference between Epicurean sense-perception and Qualia?

In the SEP, on its discussion of ancient theories of the soul, they say: Epicurus is an atomist, and in accordance with his atomism he takes the soul, like everything else that there is except for ...
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What is a good reference to see how noumena and phenomena are connected?

What philosophies or philosophers made attempts to unify noumena and phenomena as indistinct from each other, that is to show that they are all mere pattern representations* in a "mindspace"**? The ...
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Help! Aboutness and eliminativism confounds me

What does it mean to be an eliminativist with regards to the propositional attitudes? Philosophers that call themselves eliminative materialists like Churchland, Rosenberg and Dennett (to some extend) ...
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Kant and Hume on Cartesian conception of the self

Both Kant and Hume wrote against Cartesian idea that the conscious experience can lead us to know that we exist as immaterial thinking matters. I've understood that both reject his idea and agree on ...
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Is Immortality a Relative Property?

People talk about immortality like they know what it is. They say it is "living forever". But we can imagine somebody who experiences life getting asymptotically slower and slower, so that they never ...
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What are Kant's critiques of Hume's and Descartes's conceptions of the self?

What are Kant's critiques of Descartes's conception of the self contained in the Metaphysical Meditations and of Hume's conception of the self expressed in the Essay concerning human understanding? ...
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Which mental features resist naturalization the most and why?

According to contemporary philosophy and cognitive science which mental features resist naturalization the most and why? By mental features I mean something like qualia, consciousness, mental ...