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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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What is something that math cannot be applied to and doesn't involve math?

I have been asked this question, yet I am unable to answer it. The issue with this question is that I have given all that I know, therefore I too am at a loss. What I do know is it has no concept of ...
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Which WILL is right or most important?

Will to Power (Nietzsche): Proposed by Friedrich Nietzsche, this concept suggests that the primary driving force in humans is the will to power, which goes beyond mere survival or pleasure. It ...
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In a very specific sense, what are the precise reasons why someone would not be able to verify whether or not their judgment is delusional?

I'm thinking of how people with dementia may not be aware that they have dementia, for example. I'm also thinking about psychiatric syndromes associated with delusionality. It seems like someone who ...
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In moral philosophy, how do researchers perceive what is right and wrong (and why)? (For humanity, as a whole) [closed]

My question considers what our definition of right and wrong is (i.e. what's the basis of deciding what right and wrong), along with the origin of right and wrong. In other words, what is the most ...
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What is more important: simplicity or induction?

An argument by analogy is an inductive argument for the existence of other minds. An argument by analogy is enough to justify the belief in the existence of other minds. But Occam's Razor offers a ...
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How can syntactic manipulation give rise to understanding?

I am a computer science student new to philosophy. I have been thinking about the Chinese Room Argument and its replies and have tried to think of it as a different, more physical analogy. Imagine a ...
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Type of mapping between subjective experience and the physical configuration?

It seems undeniable to me if I specify the physical configuration (of the brain), then there is a mapping to our subjective experience. Are there any clever arguments on the kind of mapping there is ...
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Is our consciousness evidence of the existence of a true ontology that underlies many "conventional" ontologies?

Note: to avoid confusion, this question presumes the correctness of some flavor of physicalism of the mind. The idea that conscious states supervene on the brain. I am making a point that since we ...
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How would Hegel's view on the so-called mind-body problem be categorized today?

There are many attempts today at solving the mind-body problem, and these views can fall into many categories, like compound substance dualism, cartesian dualism, neutral monism, panpsychism, idealism,...
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Is the meaning of a sign the effect it has on your mind?

Is the meaning of something identifiable or reducible to the motion or effect it causes on the mind that interprets it? For example, the meaning of a photograph could be said to be the nostalgic ...
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Are these two radically different kinds of psychological concepts one representing behavior (to mean) and the other cognitive (to understand)?

We could say that ChatGTP does not understand what it is saying, or anything whatsoever,but we can say it still means what it says. So "to mean" is not a same kind of a cognitive concept ...
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Is there a psychological/philosophy concept/term that encompasses the experience of extreme/overwhelm emotional states?

Is there a psychological or philosophy concept or term that encompasses the experience of extreme emotional states, where emotions like wrath, love, or sorrow become so intense that they overwhelm an ...
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Is Oedipus/Electra Complex real? [closed]

Is it possible that the Oedipus Complex is real? Freud couldn't prove this because normal people were too afraid to come forward and testify to his theory. My point is when we have erotic dreams, ...
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What is intention?

Recently, I asked a question "Can LLMs have intention?". But I'm sorry that the word "intention" was not clearly defined there. When I think about it, I realize I got confused, ...
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Are your memories part of you?

I have been doing some self reflection, and questions keep arising. In this post I want to ask "are my memories part of the thing that is me, or are they part of my mind, and thus separate from ...
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Metaphysical (Hard) Solipsism vs Epistemological (Soft) Solipsism

I’ve seen these terms tossed around as if they are actually different things but it does not appear to me that they are different philosophical positions/beliefs. Perhaps I am wrong, but here is my ...
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Descartes Statement in Second Meditation is illogical?

In the second paragraph of Meditation Two: Concerning the Nature of the Human Mind: That it is better known than the Body, Descartes writes “Therefore I suppose that everything I see is false. I ...
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How might a physicist define 'mind' using concepts of physics?

I was thinking about the meaning of the term 'mind', and wanting to make it less fuzzy. The fuzzy definition is the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their ...
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Can LLMs have intention?

In many movies, you have seen an AI robot moving here and there, doing this and that with an intention. Is it possible that a generative AI-like language model (e.g., ChatGPT) could ever do that? ...
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Why expecting happiness while spending the least amount of effort rarely work in life?

The moral rules governing our lives can feel consistently real even though they cannot be explained by the laws of physics. Taking drugs to make yourself happy. Having sex without an intended ...
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Understanding Dennett's Philosophy of Mind

Daniel Dennett was a reductionist; he argued that the mind is entirely physical and can be reduced to the physical world. In one his lectures, he spoke about the colors on the American flag and ...
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Can an entity predict itself?

I am not into philosophy, but this question came into my mind 2 days ago. It seemed like a philosophical question. Consider any kind of entity, conscious or unconscious. ( The definitions are vague, ...
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I've heard of a term for something beyond the boundaries of human thought. What does the term sound like and whether it exists at all

I've heard of a term for something beyond the boundaries of human thought. That is, there is something a person can think about and there is something that is behind. What does the term sound like and ...
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What is strategy? [closed]

This is a word that is commonly used as a buzz-word to describe a wide range of things - it's something that has always bothered me. My personal view on 'strategy' is: at the most abstract level, a ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

In his lecture at the Royal Institution, Associate Professor of Genetics and Neuroscience at Trinity College Dublin, asserts that humans have free will; that a human can be the 'locus of causal power'....
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Is epiphenomenalism really a form of property dualism?

Specifically referring here to supervenience, such that X supervenes on Y if change in X entails logically a change in Y. Unless I'm mistaken, property dualism tries to argue that mental states are ...
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is subjective idealism or solipsism debunked because of the existence of "Brain" and "Surprise"? related to mind- body problem

reading this might help you understand my point Idealism, Narrative and the Mind-Brain Relation https://www.jstor.org/stable/44807008 how does someone like Berkeley explain the fact that there is ...
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"i think therefore i am", revist, does criticisms really hold?

In Wikipedia the critiques don't make much sense to me https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogito,_ergo_sum#Critique For example, it is said that "Saul Fisher 'points out that recognition that one has ...
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What does process philosophy contribute to cognitive science?

What does process philosophy contribute to cognitive science? Is it newer constructs, hypotheses, or something else?
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Are there philosophers who argue that mental states are in a many-to-one relationship to physical states?

The following is a philosophical position that I find quite appealing, and I'm wondering if there are any philosophers who actively argue for it, i.e. does the following view have a name? We start by ...
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Why take Panpsychism seriously?

This question is about Panpsychism, but it is also a question I have more generally about the requirement for proof in philosophy. Panpsychism is the view that mentality is fundamental and ubiquitous ...
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Is consciousness a means of our species or a consequence of accumulated knowledge? [closed]

Consciousness for me is you being conscious of being in a body. It separates from the human body, for me, consciousness is the "being" of the "human being". So, is it a means of ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

https://www.reddit.com/r/askphilosophy/comments/bwcjpv/does_occams_razor_imply_solipsismsimulationism/ It says that Occam's razor can only be applied to competing theories: "Occam's Razor is a ...
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

Today it occurred to me that, to me, mental and physical content only really seem different when co-existing. But let's say everything is made of mental content: You're saying the mind and physical ...
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Give advice on justifying belief in the existence of other minds [duplicate]

Solipsism has the fewest entities (only my mind) and therefore it is the most minimal explanation. Does that make it more likely than the existence of other minds? Because other minds offer billions ...
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"Maslow, and Freud and _____X____ ?". I would like help filling in the blank. Understanding the composition of one's self

EDIT: By choice of phrasing of question, I did not mean to convey awareness and endorsement of all works of Maslow and Freud, and I most certainly do not have such awareness, and so cannot/do not ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

Well, I want to told you a thought of mine. I did a thought experiment (last week) and imagined my self to go five years ago and be trapped into the past-self ,but keep in mind that my brain will ...
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Is the mind infinite? [closed]

From a brief Google search I could not find any philosopher that has thought about whether or not the human mind is infinite. I have seen people assume that the mind is finite (like Descartes), but I ...
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Illusionism in the philosophy of mind

Illusionism is a branch of materialism which argues that phenomenal properties of consciousness aren't ontologically subjective. Illusion is that we tend to think it is, hence the name. Ontologically, ...
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Fodor's central systems in computability terms

According to Fodor, the mind is comprised of both peripheral systems that are modular (and thus can be computed), and central systems which are not modular (and thus cannot be computed). On the ...
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How can I justify trusting my own thoughts without begging the question?

Suppose I attempt to justify trusting my own thoughts with an argument. Suppose I read the argument and find it compelling. The very process of reading an argument (presumably written in English or ...
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Chalmers' two-dimensional argument against materialism

I'm trying to understand David Chalmers' two-dimensional argument against materialism in philosophy of mind (here). I'm particularly confused by the paragraph (pp. 11-12) where he claims that it's not ...
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Explain what the simplicity in this argument is based on

Other people have minds because it is the best explanation for other people's behavior because the existence of other minds is a simpler and more understandable explanation: It does not make me ...
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What type of reasoning is this? Abduction, inference to the best explanation, induction?

My mind is responsible for my behavior. Other people are very similar to me biologically. Other people have behaviors similar to mine. Possible explanations: Solipsism says that my mind created other ...
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Is it reasonable to use induction to justify belief in the existence of other minds? [duplicate]

Is it reasonable to use an argument by analogy (induction) to justify belief in the existence of other minds? The principle of the uniformity of nature is used in the argument by analogy. https://...
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Is the principle of uniformity of nature an abduction or an analogy?

Is the principle of uniformity of nature an abduction or an analogy? To what type of reasoning does the principle of uniformity of nature belong? Is it abduction, analogy, deduction? Here they refer ...
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Does the argument by analogy in favor of the existence of other minds lead to solipsism?

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#ArguAnal I can't understand the article. Here it is said that the argument by analogy inevitably leads to solipsism. Then it is said that the argument ...
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Are there circular reasoning in these explanations? [duplicate]

Other people have minds like mine because: 1. Other people have minds like mine: other people are biologically very similar to me the behavior of other people is very similar to my behavior. my ...
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Are all arguments for the existence of other minds circular?

The argument from analogy and the best explanation argument (IBE) rely on the claim that my mental states are responsible for my behavior and then conclude that the behavior of other people is caused ...
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What exactly is the implausibility and unconvincingness of solipsism? [closed]

Solipsism is unconvincing and implausible because it is a complex and confusing explanation. Solipsism offers two different explanations for no reason at all: one for my behavior and one for other ...
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