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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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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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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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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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Is creativity a pie in the sky?

The working principles of the brain and mental processes are still, for the most part, a mystery especially when it comes to consciousness and creativity. With the advent of computers it was easy to ...
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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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Why do people want that which they do not have? [closed]

For what does it serve a man to chase that which he does not have just to lose sight of what he does have?
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Am I not my body?

My intuitive reaction to thought experiments such as described in the following question leaves me thinking I am not my body. Almost Sure Mind Transfer via Parfit's Identity Theory (interesting ...
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Is "Cogito ergo sum" a trap for fools or did Descartes believe he discovered a principle?

Rene' Descartes espoused a philosophy in which he rejected all propositions whose truth he was uncertain of, things he could doubt, to thereby see what remained, in order to become keenly aware of his ...
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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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Are perceptual arguments convincing and good?

Are the perceptual arguments for the existence of other minds convincing and good? https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#PercKnowOtheMind https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#...
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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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can an entity predict it ownself

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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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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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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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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In what fundamental ways, if any, does Husserl break with Kant?

I've read only slim secondary works on Husserl some time ago, and recently started "The Crisis in the European Sciences." So far, the framework seems faithfully Kantian. Husserl, for example, ...
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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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Philosophers who wrote about limits of knowledge?

What if "the truth" about any concept (consciousness, reality, religion,physics, etc.), turns out to be a complex idea such that our brains can't simply process it in a single lifespan. For example, ...
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How does the study of consciousness (as a discipline) differ from philosophy of mind, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience?

I recently came 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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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 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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Can a person's continuity of consciousness be broken and a new person arise?

I realize that the person I am as I type these letters and the person I am at the end of this sentence is slightly different. Change occurs all the time and infact change within my brain is the reason ...
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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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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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How is the causality of mind consistent with the law of conservation of energy?

Intuitively, the mind can influence the physical world causally. However, it is difficult to understand how such causality does not require energy. According to dualists, who argue that the mind is ...
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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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What well-discussed alternatives are there to the Extended Mind Thesis?

The Extended Mind Thesis holds that we should consider "cognition" to include the process of using external cognitive tools (rather than only considering processes internal to our brain). ...
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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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Language, thought, cognition

Are thoughts distinct from natural language and if so how can 'thought' be defined so this might be established if it is in fact the case? I am asking in response to a question elsewhere in 'Stack' ...
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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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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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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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What is the point of reductio ad absurdum in metaphysics?

Philosophers often use reductio ad absurdum in metaphysics and philosophy of mind to make a point, to justify their position, or a thought experiment, or to reject a position or theory they do not ...
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Is there a causal influence of the mental on the physical?

Regardless of whether the mental is ultimately physical or not... doesn't the impact of human knowledge (science, mathematics, etc) on the world (ie: technology, agriculture, basically everything), ...
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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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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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What are book recommendations on Philosophy of Consciousness by contemporary authors?

I am looking for a book that is more focused on the philosophy of consciousness(rather than general topic of Phil. of Mind) which takes up the hard problem as a major theme. Can you guys give me ...
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What is consciousness

Is it a question that science may answer? This article became the root of my thinking. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/mar/01/consciousness-eight-questions-science
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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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Is it reasonable to believe that others have sentient minds?

Obviously I'm not looking for a valid deductive proof using formal logic, but at least a relatively convincing argument. How do I know that humans who I encounter other than myself have sentient ...
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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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