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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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Under reductive materialism, could the same brain state evoke distinct conscious experiences (qualia) in two universes within a multiverse?

For the sake of discussion, let's grant the validity of reductive materialism. Moreover, let's entertain the notion that our universe is just one among an infinite (or significantly vast) number of ...
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Does psychophysical harmony strongly point toward theism?

From Psychophysical Harmony: A New Argument for Theism, by Brian Cutter & Dustin Crummett: Abstract This paper develops a new argument from consciousness to theism: the argument from ...
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How does thinking take place? [closed]

Thinking is done by and in the mind. The mind is not the brain. The mind is a communication and control system between the spirit (soul) and its environment. In order to achieve this, it uses the ...
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If the brain can't think, what does? [closed]

I often read in philosophical discussions (in here and elsewhere) the word "brain" connected to higher level human functions, like thought, even consciousness. If this was a scientific place,...
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Is the question of Identity more difficult than the question of Free Will?

The experience of free will certainly exists. That is, whatever is happening when a decision is made by a conscious agent, the agent experiences feelings like indecision, fear, or desire feeding into ...
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Which philosopher fits the following description? [closed]

I'm not a philosopher so please forgive me if this question does not belong here here is a list of my interpretation of other philosophers that I'm familiar with Their names Their words My ...
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What would happen if I suddenly lost consciousness?

What would happen if I (my body) suddenly lost consciousness? Let's say a freak accident caused the part of my brain responsible for connecting/creating/hallucinating my "being", my ...
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On the conceivability of philosophical zombies [duplicate]

A big question in the philosophy of consciousness is whether philosophical zombies are conceivable, and if they are, are they also metaphysically possible. I believe the answer is yes. At least, I can ...
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Are self-awareness and introspection the same?

I've read some definitions of these two and I believe that they are fundamentally the same thing. Introspection is examining one's own thoughts. If the thought is of yourself then that clearly leads ...
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Can individuality be copied? [closed]

Let's do a thought experiment, You are sleeping in a sensory deprivation tank 1, there is another tank next to you let's call it tank 2. Now there is a hypothetical machine M, which is a Universal 3-D ...
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Why judge, it makes no sense [closed]

what I mean by this is, why should I do that project or why should I just do anything other than the natural laws of human life? Why should you care what I wear or like if it does not directly hurt ...
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Why is emotivism unpopular?

I grew up in a protestant American household. I worked hard to redefine my beliefs, epistemology, and ultimately my meta-ethical views as those that I could defend. I find that emotivism is easily the ...
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Head thought reading by others, analyzing this hypothetical situation [closed]

Suppose a person has a feeling that others can read their mind and thoughts. Suppose others present themselves in certain ways. How can a person discover what algorithms of data presentation the other ...
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When will a Philosopher stop asking questions? [closed]

Apparently Philosophers keep asking questions and "ALL" of their questions involve some form of contradiction, or some form of critical analysis. What will be the "end game" where ...
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Does a program imply a programmer? [closed]

I propose there are 2 methods with which we could replicate consciousness. A physical replication of the brain where consciousness would emerge from a physical replication of a brains neural network. ...
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About the validity of the Zombie concept

Related Posts that I read: why zombies' existence imply physicalism is false "Could all of us be zombies" assumption Context Just to make sure we talk about the same type of Zombie, here ...
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Is it mathematically known what the complexity limit (and class) of a pattern to learn is, for a given machine learning algorithm? [closed]

Given a learning algorithm such as those used in ChatGPT, can we calculate based on the number of neural network parameters what the largest “pattern” the algorithm could learn would be (based on some ...
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Arguments for a Socratic Daimon and Embodiment: A Dialogue between an A-pneumatic and Pneumatic: Is this coherent? [closed]

Dear all, can you help me find any inconsistencies from theory of mind, philosophy of mind and phenomenology of percetion in this dialogue? A conversation between an a-pneumatic and a pneumatic: A-...
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Can we prove the statement "truth exists"? [closed]

It seems that to prove this statement, you cannot assume the notion of true or false, otherwise its circular, meaning that the proof contains no reference to the concepts of true or false. This ...
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Consciousness by John Searle

In a referenced interview, Searle outlines a condensed theory of consciousness with three key assumptions: Consciousness is real, including illusions. It is caused by brain processes (neural ...
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Why do I have the perception of a chair (or other objects) ? - first person experience question

I'm asking variations of this question (in discussions elsewhere). Some people seem to get what I mean, and say "I think that important etc etc but I do not know the answer" and others say &...
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Where would consciousness be located in a machine? [closed]

The conscious thought I experience is behind my eyes and is located within my skull. I assume that experience is common. however, it may not be? In replicating consciousness in a machine such as a ...
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physio-philosophical view of the phenomenon/appearance/representation

This is somewhat a scientific question, but I presume a philosopher could have some interesting spin, or even an answer and be better fit for the question. Why do we have a subjective perception of a ...
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Explanatory gap in explaining consciousness (custom narrative)

Summary Logic for some views of consciousness and question. Main Argument We can explain motor behaviours with a clear causal path back to the brain. Each step involves the interaction of matter with ...
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Searle's criticism to Dennets theory of consciousness

The exchange can be found here. (it's very worth reading) Searle's and also others like Strawson accuses Dennett of denying consciousness. His term is only about the 3rd person perspective, where ...
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Dennett vs Sapolsky on free will: A clash over different claims?

On a recent Youtube episode of Theories of Everything with Curt Jaimungal Daniel Dennett, author and Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University in Massachusetts, discusses his views of Robert ...
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'Free will' as a 'confused concept': Is Ned Block correct?

A recent episode of Robert Kuhn's web series Closer to Truth puts the question of free will to Ned Block, Professor of Psychology and Philosophy at the University of New York. Block states 'free will' ...
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Deeply exploring the idea of subjective experience (question)

Imagine that you feel a burning pain. Let's ask the question from the start, and develop some context afterwards: Is it possible that what we call conscious feeling of burning and pain, just don't ...
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How aren't Qualia and Experience the same thing (examples.)

I'm both, trying to find if this thought process is valid (reach correct conclusions in the questions) and also how are the standard interpretations different (which it seems they are.) Definitions ...
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What would be the best textbook for a philosophy of mind intro course for psychology majors?

My area of expertise is logic and philosophical logic, but I'll be teaching an introductory course on the philosophy of mind to second semester psychology majors (taking cognitive science as a minor). ...
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What would be a recent follow-up or alternative to Pylyshyn's 1984 book on "Computation and Cognition: Toward a Foundation for Cognitive Science"?

I was exposed to Zenon Pylyshyn's work through my master's thesis work in Cognitive Science. Recently, I picked up his 1984 book on "Computation and Cognition: Toward a Foundation for Cognitive ...
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What is the difference between Anti - Realism vs. Subjective Idealism and Immaterialism?

My question is from the Metaphysical Anti - Realism's perspective which argues that "nothing exists outside mind". Are three of these philosophical approaches same terminologically? Or they ...
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Should the failure to provide a naturalistic explanation for an event increase our credence in a supernatural one? An NDE case study

The question in the title, although meant to be general, is mainly motivated by a specific type of Near-Death Experience (NDE) that currently perplexes me. Specifically, I am referring to NDEs ...
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Is Presentism or Four Dimensionalism compatible with being a conscious observer?

The most striking feature of our experience is the way that it is present simultaneously and persists over short intervals of time. If we ignore illusionism how might our experience be explained by ...
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What's the difference between supervenience and reduction?

From IEP, supervenience is defined as follows: F, supervenes on a class of properties, G, just in case there is no difference in F-properties without some difference in G-properties. My question is, ...
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Does anesthesia disprove solipsisim?

According to science this is what happens to brain under anesthesia: Anesthetic drugs cause brain circuits to change their oscillation patterns in particular ways, thereby preventing neurons in ...
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How to apply the classical theory of concepts on the mathematical concept of a limit?

I am studying the limit concept from mathematics using the classical theory of concepts. According to this theory a concept is; "A structured mental representation which is characterised by a ...
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Paradox of the Loving "I": Is there any theory to answer my Paradox?

I came up with this when I was reading about the Paradox of Fiction in one of my Aesthetic philosophy texts. Here it is: The Paradox of the Loving Individual: (1) One experiences themselves as a ...
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Did Berkeley change his mind on his latest work "Siris" (1774)?

While studying Bishop Berkeley in depth I have faced some interesting arguments regarding his philosophy is shifted and changed on his later life. The main source of this argument is from his not ...
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Is Taoism a philosophy?

I find some of the individual ideas in Taoism comforting when applied to my own life (e.g. effortless action, non-attachment, acceptance, duality), but I don't really know what Taoism is as an all ...
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Has any philosopher written about the implications of online multiplayer games on shared consciousness?

This question originates from the explanation of Existential Comics 332. When The Matrix came out, the New York Times reached out to philosopher of mind John Searle to write an article about the ...
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How do we know that the mind is not a physical entity?

Most people believe that the mind is separate from the physical world. But how do we actually know that? Maybe the mind is a physical object. Of course, to answer this question, we need a rigorous ...
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Do unicorns exist in the mind?

Do unicorns exist in the mind? Do just a concept of unicorns exist in the mind? Or are unicorns a concept? Anselm said God exists in the mind. But I wonder whether just a concept of God exists in the ...
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Will we ever have an answer? [closed]

Why am I always asking myself questions that do not have answers? What is my purpose, why are we here? These questions cause me great anxiety. I wish I could find a way to stop asking and just accept, ...
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Consciousness and Understanding of Physics, Mathematics and Philosophy

I just finished watching a youtube video Bernard Carr - Why Did Consciousness Emerge? on consciousness and the talkers spend a great deal of time talking about emergent aspect of consciousness and its ...
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How Can Computation Cause Consciousness?

The question of how consciousness arises and what, if any, effect it has on our behaviour is clearly both fascinating intellectually and of great practical and ethical significance. One very common ...
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Is the speciousness of the specious present specious?

The text book analysis of the idea that our experience might extend in time is given below: "...what we perceive, we perceive as present—as going on right now. Can we perceive a relation between ...
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The more you learn, the more you are sad?

I've read multiple times that if you learn more, you understand more seeing the reality of things causing a sadness all over you; is that real? Or is it that the more you know the more you are happy?
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What does Hume think about Occam's razor?

Let's define Occam's razor as this: That it is not rational to believe something unnecessary or extra about reality without a specific reason to believe it. In other words, the facts that are ...
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What do philosophers think about colors?

Colors seem to signify some philosophy. For example black roughly stands for death and mourning in many cultures. White on the other hand, roughly stands for purity. There is long list of colors and ...
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