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The field of neuroscience is quite popular today, as our technology developments allows us for much more depth of research of the brain every passing day.

I understand neuroscience as the field that explores that neurons connections and data transmissions that goes in the brain, and that seem to be like it inherently demands a materialistic approach of the mind. Is it true? Are there neuroscientists (or, if that's even a field, philosophers of neuroscience) that don't support the positive materialistic approach that everything about the mind can be understood from the study of the data transmission that goes inside the brain?

  • Note: I'm not sure about the tag "neurophilosophy" I just search "neuro" hoping for something related to neuroscience to pop up but that's the only thing that came up. – Yechiam Weiss Feb 13 '18 at 9:58
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    ‘One can no more hope to find consciousness by digging into the brain than one can find gravity by digging into the earth’s centre’. Robert Peperell ‘Between phenomenology and neuroscience’ A report of the ‘Towards a Science of Consciousness’ Conference, Prague, July 2003) From JCS Vol 10 No 11 2003 p 87 . – PeterJ Feb 13 '18 at 12:50
  • @PeterJ thanks! I'll definitely read that. Seems promising. – Yechiam Weiss Feb 13 '18 at 12:57
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    Kant correctly observed: "We find not the slightest analogy between thinking and matter." And also: "We know nothing more than that the soul is an immaterial substance, and that it cannot be cognized as the predicate of another being, because I cannot think a composite out of many substances, rather the unity of the subject is absolutely presupposed for that, therefore materialism contradicts itself in the idea." – user3017 Feb 13 '18 at 14:49
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    It seems a common mistake that people think that new science can undermine old philosophical results. The chances of neuroscience solving the Mind-Matter problem are exactly zero. It would be philosophically very naive to imagine otherwise. . – PeterJ Feb 14 '18 at 12:26

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