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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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When it may be said that a fetus is a living creature and thus has rights that may collide with his mother's rights?

I used to believe that every pregnant woman should have a right to undergo an abortion - but when contemplated over it I realized that I also think of situations where the fetus is no older than a few ...
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do you know if telepathy exists? [closed]

involuntary telepathy for bad things like robbing not that i wanna rob or something its like a mechanism of protection of the soul its something inmaterial non physical like sound invisible not for ...
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Can the laws of physics rule out disembodied minds?

In this article, philosopher Evan Fales argues that the laws of physics establish that disembodied minds (such as an immaterial God, for example) could not influence the physical world. Is it true? (...
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What methods have been proposed to identify sentience in an AI?

It is in the news that google has suspended a software engineer for violating confidentiality policies after sought "outside consultation" over concerns the AI he was working on is sentient. ...
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A new way to answer "Why is there something rather than nothing?"

So, this is not going to be an answer, but rather a viewpoint that demands heavy questions. For a second, forget about the question and come to dreaming. In a dream, through personal experiences, I ...
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What would Panpsychist Mary learn, and how would she learn it?

Frank Jackson's "Mary the Neuroscientist" thought experiment, from his "Epiphenomenal Qualia" paper, has been continually debated since its publication in 1982, and appears to be a ...
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Will I be considered rude if I make this statement? [closed]

Suppose I am working in private or government sector in a senior role. During evaluation of work by a junior colleague who happens to be a young woman, I find that the official is not upright, is ...
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Justification versus mental causation

A justification: "we know A is true because B is true." A mental causation: "I concluded A because first I believed B and that led me to A." There is certainly a strong ...
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What is metaphysical contingency?

I have always thought is something is metaphysically contingent is simply means that something, a state of affairs, MAY be the case. Tomorrow I may stub my foot on a nail and feel pain. This ...
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Honesty vs. Bluntness

In both professional and personal life, we tend to meet people who can be quite blunt in being honest. I do not have any historical example to support this claim but it probably happens, mostly in ...
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Philosophy of religion

Buddhism is sometimes compared to solipsism. Discussions on this topic can be found on the Internet. I do not understand why Buddhism is sometimes compared to solipsism. As far as I know, in all ...
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Will implementing counter-intuitive features and working on legacy code affect your skill? [closed]

A problem I've had professionally a lot since I've started is that most of the feature/update recommendations I have when developing an application come from upper/middle management, people who have ...
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Difference between objectivity of space and colour

Color is mind dependent. Is space and time also mind dependent? Like does space really exist (locally, for GR) like how we see/imagine? Their existence might be objective, I'm not denying that. I'm ...
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Is there a biological description of "chakras" or is the concept of "chakras" mere pseudoscience?

It is widely claimed that we have many chakras(7 major chakras) situated at different locations along the spinal cord. Each of the chakras is said to be associated with certain energy channels, the ...
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What is consciousness? Is it the ultimate reality of our universe? What implications do the various theories of consciousness have on human life?

Does a child has more consciousness associated with her or her adult form? What about her foetus? If her foetus is not yet properly developed (it has just accumulated a bit more mass and complexity ...
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Does modern science and physics support solipsism?

Does modern physics and science support solipsism? Does modern physics and science have any evidence that solipsism is true? Do physicists and scientists support solipsism?
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

According to PhilPapers Survey from 2020 there are 239 philosophers who identify as accepting or leaning towards Physicalism and yet reject consciousness of future AI. To me this seems very puzzling, ...
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Does a phenomenal experience require conscious awareness, or simply unconscious sensation?

If a tree is experienced lying on the forest floor, did it come into existence when experienced, or did something cause it to lie there? This question is all about the division between phenomenal, ...
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How is the study of consciousness (as a discipline) differs from philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience?

I recently come across books on the study of consciousness per se which seems to use a multidisciplinary approach similar to how cognitive science was studied about 30 years ago (being a joint effort ...
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Gods from the perspective of animals

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, ...
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How can non-existence be caused?

If something didn't exist and came to exist at some point; it will cease to exist at some point. Things come from non-existence and return to the non-existence they came from so how can "non-...
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What are the arguments for and against metaphysical solipsism?

As far as I understand, from the position of metaphysical solipsism, everything that exists is only one single mind, and everything else is its hallucinations. And the only argument "for" ...
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Can minds be uploaded in computers?

The idea runs around of loading minds up in computers. It's a recurring theme in SF culture and thought about the technological possibilities in the future. We can read on Wikipedia: Mind uploading, ...
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Does knowledge require consciousness?

Does knowledge require consciousness for the entity that knows? In other words, is it the case that only conscious entities can know things? I was led to ask this question by considering whether or ...
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Help with intentional instantiation in "The nature and plausibility of Cognitivism"

When the computer-based chess player is explained [1], the bottom level components of the chess playing heirarchy are intentionally instantiated by list processors. My question is this, doesn't ...
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If immoral things shouldn't be done, how come people feel good committing them?

"The forbidden fruit is the sweetest". When we teach someone that something is immoral, the immoral thing becomes appealing to them. People want the things they can't have, so what's the ...
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Must beliefs be consciously entertained?

In discussing the Innate Knowledge Thesis in the article titled Rationalism vs Empiricism in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, there appears to be a discrepancy (emphasis mine). A serious ...
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What is meant by artistic qualities and Can anyone point out some of these qualities?

What is meant by artistic qualities? Can anyone point out some of these qualities?
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Are all concepts definable? [duplicate]

You open a dictionary and all the words are defined by other words. If concepts have the same circularity as words, ultimately none would have meaning (I suppose that's debatable, but I'm assuming it ...
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Why do I doubt my instincts and instead take a wrong decision for that task or situation though the answer or solution or strategy is within my reach?

I choose my instincts when doing something, but I doubt it and then do something else or something opposite. When reflecting back on it, I realize that my instincts were true. In short, why do I doubt ...
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What can be the cause for this mess I'm or the road to insanity I am on? Or is it that I am insane or with an unsound mind? [closed]

Why do I keep questioning myself; my mind and brain keep unfolding questions regarding my behaviour, constantly questioning my behaviour and intentions. Indefinitely doubt every bit and the part about ...
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Are my thoughts just chemical reactions?

I've always learnt that life is nothing but a set of biological processes that emerge from various complex chemical reactions. Everything in biology can be expressed in terms of various chemical ...
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What is a "disorder"?

The is-ought gap makes it so we can not derive an ought from an is, correct? Without teleology to determine normativity, how can there be such a thing as a "disorder" or "disability&...
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I need help understanding Ayer's "Other Minds"

In The problem of Knowledge Chap V, Ayer states: ...if someone asks me whether I am in pain and I answer that I am, my reply, as I understand it, is not an answer to his question. For I am reporting ...
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Debate about Free Will [closed]

I had this debate with someone about whether or not we have free will or are we determined and my argument was we are determined because of how we are constructed by nature basically we haven't chosen ...
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What are the best Arguments against solipsism?

I am afraid that only my consciousness exists. That basically my consciousness simulates my body and the entire world. Please help me.
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Should one learn everything?

I like to learn a lot of things. Like dance , magic tricks , business , physics , geography , chemistry , biology , maths. Just everything. Definitely , you understand that all of these topics take ...
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If everything is predetermined, why should I feel motivated to do anything?

I am a proponent of hard-determinism. Now, the problem is, if free will doesn't exist, why should I feel motivated to do anything? The question "Why should I feel motivated to do anything" ...
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Does instrumental corruption constitute extra-will multi-agency?

Through my previous question on ideology and instinct, a more fundamental query was encountered. In both individual and collective minds, semantic decay can result in mental threads out of alignment ...
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Is ideological dogma an example of exogenous instinct?

By my current understanding: Individual instinct is instantiated primarily by lower brain systems, which provide motivations of attraction and repulsion toward particular internal and external objects ...
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What is meant by other minds?

I recently asked about the argument for proving the existence of other minds. This argument is called the best explanation argument. https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#BestExpl Could you ...
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Something similar to The Knowledge Argument which works within Physicalism?

Here is The Knowledge Argument according to SEP (Mary is either monochrome or views the world through monochrome monitor): (1) Mary has all the physical information concerning human color vision ...
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How can visual and other sensory information be transmitted by genes?

As we learned from those viral videos –look up “cat cucumber” if you haven’t seen them–, cats seem to be hard-wired to be scared of cucumbers and other objects that resemble snakes. Behavioural ...
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Help with whether other minds exist, 'best explanation' argument

I recently read an article about other minds and there were two good arguments for other minds. The first is the analogy argument. As I understand it, this argument is already outdated. The second ...
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A question about the Turing test

Alan Turing bases his famous test for human-like machine intelligence on a party game between a man and a woman. Each communicates with a hidden judge by teleprinter (text alone). Nowadays, consoles ...
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Philosophy is useless for me! [closed]

What environment is best suited to allow for reprogramming of the subconscious? Let me explain, i am studying Friedrich Nietzsche, the ideas and argument he is presenting is overwhelming my old ideas ...
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‘Libet’s delay’ and the philosophy of mind and free will

If you are not familiar with Libet delay and the neuroscience of free will, you can read it below. It seems philosophers are interested in the topic since it relates to the philosophical notions of ...
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What does it mean for a proposition to be without cognitive content?

As the title states, am wondering what it means for a proposition to be without cognitive content. It seems to me that somehow all propositions are produced by the mind, and therefore cognition is ...
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What does Searle mean by "intentionality" and "causal processes"?

I am struggling to understand the meaning of some of the terminology John Searle uses in "Mind, brains, and programs." For example, right before "IV. The combination reply," he ...
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Which evolutionary concepts or theories are used to either support or undermine 'perception of free will' as accurate?

NOTE: 'Free will' in this question describes an ability to have chosen otherwise, given the same circumstances. According to American Scientist, Darwin came to a belief that we had no free will 30 ...
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