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How do panpsychists explain death?

If mindlike features are a fundamental part of reality, what exactly happens during death? What exactly is changing at death? From a physical perspective, we know what changes after death. We know ...
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Can rocks suffer on panpsychism?

On panpsychism, everything has consciousness. If so, does it entail that all entities in the universe, such as rocks, bricks, plants, water, air, etc., can experience suffering? If this holds, what ...
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Can Panpsychism be reconsidered through computer science? [closed]

This is a topic that dates at least as far as Descartes. It may be new in natural science. The term may be a neologism, but not the concept. Let's assume that everything from the subatomic particle ...
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What do panpsychists think a rock’s consciousness is like?

There is a problem with panpsychism that I haven't seen discussed in the literature, so I was wondering if anyone could give me pointers to discussions of it. For purposes of this question, I ...
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Is consciousness universal?

I have just read "Why" by Philip Goff. He proposes that matter consists of conscious entities. Physics based on mathematics tells us what matter does, not what it is. This has implications ...
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Is consciousness fundamental to the universe?

In January 2023, Entropy published a paper entitled "Fusions of Consciousness" by Hoffman, Prakash and Prentner. They propose that consciousness is fundamental to the universe, rather than ...
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What is the relation between idealism and science?

My understanding of idealism is that it rests on the primacy of the mind and conscience over matter. The Encyclopædia Britannica provides the following "basic" forms of idealism: The two ...
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How to see a subject within an object?

One can explore a thing (and its sense) only forcing it to suffer (i.e. to interact with a human's consciousness) and bounding it in ideal and material worlds: its will, freedom, ability to gnosis and ...
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Is quantum entanglement an example of consciousness at the quantum level?

This is a philosophical question about the relation between quantum physics and consciousness. Is Bell's Theorem related to free will and consciousness at the quantum level? If consciousness is ...
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Does the arc of history bend toward justice.?

"I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight; I can ...
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How do we know that the superposition of states in quantum mechanics is a real phenomenon? Does this have philosophical significance? [closed]

As far as I know, we can never directly observe the superposition of states of any particle. How do we then know that it is real in the first place? We have a theory, which isn’t fully defined in the ...
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Does Bell’s theorem assume realism? If so, what kind of realism, philosophically?

This is a philosophical question. It deals with the physics that raise this question. I cite the very recent article by Philip Goff in Scientific American which explains its relevance. Bell’s theorem ...
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Does the hard problem of consciousness apply only to human consciousness?

If not, what form of consciousness is being considered? See Chalmers, 1996, The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. Does proto-consciousness exist? Does consciousness arise from ...
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What is the combination problem for panpsychism?

If consciousness at a fundamental level can combine to form other, more complicated conscious minds, then how does this occur? This was first posed by William James in 1890 in The principles of ...
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Have awareness and consciousness been conflated in philosophical debate on consciousness? [duplicate]

These seem to be used interchangeably on both sides of the consciousness debate, for example Dennett and Nagel. Leaving consciousness aside, it seems to me that awareness is different. A living thing ...
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Does matter have an intrinsic nature?

Russell posits that matter has an intrinsic as well as an extrinsic nature. There is being as well as doing. He says "We know nothing about the intrinsic quality of physical events except when ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness really a problem? [closed]

If consciousness is essential to the universe then there is no problem. Integrated information theory posits that consciousness and its causal properties are identical. Leibniz's principle of ...
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Why does the universe exist? [duplicate]

The universe appears to have appeared from nothing. Why does something exist, and not nothing? This is about why, not how.
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How plausible is it that every decohered entity has qualia, which merge into functional units?

I only say decohered because the quantum realm doesn't seem to have the local reality to have locally functional qualia, but maybe it has more diffuse probabilistic qualia? Then again in our macro ...
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