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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Blessed is he that hath a soul; Blessed is he that hath none; But woe and sorrow to him that hath in himself its conception Gurdjieff — Beelzebub's tales to his grandson In other words, it's not a ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Evidence for a soul existing = 0 How much evidence can be needed to refute zero? If at some future date, evidence for a soul existing becomes > 0... ... then it could make sense to start looking ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Alcohol or drug use can affect one's memory and personality, at least for a certain period of time. So, you can ask this question very simply without using the term Alzheimer's disease :) We often say ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

That's one possible conclusion, but it does not constitute a proof. Neuroscientist David Eagleman, in his book Incognito, explains why this isn't so using the analogy of a radio. A radio is a physical ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Why does it have to be Alzheimer's? What about getting drunk? Getting drunk is a bodily phenomenon that affects the mind, and people have known about it for millennia and still believed in souls. What ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

TL;DR: No. What is a soul? Some have observed that we can't answer this question without first addressing the question "what is a soul?". While there is some truth to that, I don't believe ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Doesn't this suggest that the self or "soul" is simply an emergent property of the brain's physical structure and function, rather than some immaterial essence or spirit that exists ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

No. If the soul is the "software" and brain is the "hardware", Alzhaimer disease is like running Windows in a Pc with RAM/disk deteriorating. An example could be the Voyager probe. ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

What is a soul? At the least it's whatever is making these moral decisions I'm going to get judged for. What is a brain? It's that gooey hardware that turns stimuli into reaction. Does Alzheimer's ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

As far as I can tell, nobody earnestly would suggest that the brain does not have some functions, like memory, pre-processing of data coming in from the senses, processing input and output from motor ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Personality and cognitive abilities are not the self, even though they are deeply cherished parts of the self. Their corruption alone doesn't make a person any less a person. There is something that a ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

It was suggested that I elaborate my Comment in to an Answer, so don't shoot the messenger. One way to reason is to use analogies and metaphors. Sometimes the metaphors are too colorful and warp ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Software and hardware can have different levels of dependency. ​But they are almost never independent. I like the expression: "A small hole in the body can make a gaping hole in the soul."
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

No. If you allow for the existence of the soul, then the question of how the brain and soul interact arises. Alzheimer's and its impact on personality, at most, would indicate that the condition of ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

It would seem you've retold me a legend. Something along the lines of "should have known there were no such things as souls because of brain damage". The evidence is real, and should be ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Short Answer Absolutely yes. The simplest spiritual dualist model, in which personality is off-board, and interacts with the body in the mode of a drone operator with a drone, is challenged by all ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Alzheimer's disease kills off neurons is NOT correct. "The process of the dying of neurons" is called Alzheimer's disease. A disease is not a thing, it's just a description of a process. ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

Alzheimer's disease (and other brain disorders with some observable physical effect along with psychology and neuroscience generally) does seem to make the existence of an immaterial soul much less ...
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Is Alzheimer’s disease evidence for the non-existence of the soul?

No, not really, the disease is just evidence for the corruption of the region of the brain that houses memory due to aging. It is just evidence for the degeneration of the human body and consecutively ...
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What is the conceptual difference between the hard problem of consciousness and giving a complete account of a cat?

As a phenomenon, no real difference as both the cat and consciousness are objects of experience, but as something capable of free will, conscious beings also have a unique experience of freedom. That ...
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Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error?

Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error? No. In fact, inasmuch as physicalism holds that there is a physical basis for every observation, and I observe in ...
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Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error?

Ryle, whose concept is the category error ("where is the university"), does not, IIRC, mean to dissolve any potential explanation, but he's often cited by behaviourists, who might say that ...
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Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error?

OP: "many physicalists seem to just say that the concept of explaining consciousness doesn’t make sense." Commencing from Descartes' cogito as the doubtful observer, Galilean & ...
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Does physicalism imply that an explanation for consciousness is a category error?

Certain mental processes are conscious, others are not. The most simple conscious mental processes are qualia, e.g. colour perceptions. Neuroscience searches for the neural correlates of ...
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What is the conceptual difference between the hard problem of consciousness and giving a complete account of a cat?

I remember discussing consciousness with like-minded school chums after a physics class in which we had been introduced to the principles of dimensional analysis. If you're not familiar with ...
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What is the conceptual difference between the hard problem of consciousness and giving a complete account of a cat?

Sure, the cat is more than the aggregation of its parts, How and why this "more" exists, is in fact the hard problem regarding consciousness. A living being is "living" by ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Consciousness is a state of being. You are conscious. Or... you are asleep, in a come, or. Dead and gone. You don't "have a consciousness". You are "conscious". Like if you were ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

I can easily lose consciousness, by falling asleep, consuming too much alcohol, or having a general anesthetic; losing my mind would be much more serious.
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Consciousness is the individualized implementation of The Mind in the physical level.
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

The aggregate of form corresponds to what we would call material or physical factors. It includes not only our own bodies, but also the material objects that surround us - the earth, the oceans, the ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind is the substratum within which all thoughts are created. That is, the mind gives rise to thoughts; thoughts are developed within the mind. Consciousness is the faculty which interacts with these ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind is the set of all processes in the brain, i.e. mind is a synonym for the totality of mental processes. Consciousness is a property of certain mental processes. The search for the Neural ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

The key difference is that consciousness is a subset of the effects associated with the mind. Much of your mental activity is subconscious. If, for example, you ever attempt to complete a cryptic ...
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What is the difference between mind and consciousness?

Mind describes all our internal processes by which we guide a "self" through a complex world. From the dawn of psychology, it has been clear that our introspection of our consciousness is ...
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Is consciousness universal?

A recent ten-year study failed to locate consciousness within the brain. Occam's razor indicates that if you cannot find something after an extended search in a particular area, it is most likely ...
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What do we deem conscious or not? Is it just sensations and experiences? What is the cutoff point to claim that something is conscious?

I have often defined consciousness as a demonstrated awareness of space time. It is purely an arbitrary position, and I have no reference of anyone else who defines it as such. But it has been my ...
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What does “consciousness is an illusion” mean?

@David Gudeman's link gives a great answer to your question. To summarize and add my own thoughts. Discussing consciousness is challenging because its very easy to talk past one another. What are we ...
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What do we deem conscious or not? Is it just sensations and experiences? What is the cutoff point to claim that something is conscious?

In Buddhism all living things are sentient beings. Plant sentience is not the same as animal or human consciousness. A conscious human like Sidhartha, the historical Buddha, can form an intention to ...
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What do we deem conscious or not? Is it just sensations and experiences? What is the cutoff point to claim that something is conscious?

There are essentially two views of consciousness: objective and subjective. Something is said to be conscious according to the objective view if it interacts with its environment purposefully. The ...
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What do we deem conscious or not? Is it just sensations and experiences? What is the cutoff point to claim that something is conscious?

Every ambulance man knows how to check whether a person is conscious. And every neuroscientist knows some some mental processes which are necessary to generate consciousness. The search for the neural ...
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Is it possible for there to be an AI chatbot that is a philosophical non-zombie?

No, I do not think so. I am no more equipped than the great minds of history to solve the hard problem, but then in the absense of solution I am no less equipped. I wrote this last year. Perhaps it ...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

It might be the case that to create "sufficiently good nanites that can 100% replace the brain without the person noticing" would end up requiring your nanites to be in some critical way ...
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Is the hard problem of consciousness based on a faulty premise?

Basic answer to primary question: Yes TL;DR - Needed because it is not a simple question: <Why does this require an explanation?> Because Curiosity - a fundamental human attribute. <...
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Is it possible for there to be an AI chatbot that is a philosophical non-zombie?

It's important to note that both "philosophical zombies" ("p-zombies") and conscious AI ("c-AI") entered the philosophical literature as thought experiments intended to ...
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Is it possible for there to be an AI chatbot that is a philosophical non-zombie?

AI works by taking previously built sentences and information and regurgitating them into logical ideals that conform to the form of speech it has been created to imitate. so from a logical standpoint,...
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Is it possible for there to be an AI chatbot that is a philosophical non-zombie?

Short Answer This question reduces to: "Could a language-proficient algorithm ever be conscious"? Answering this question requires answering the question "what is consciousness, and ...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

I am also an armchair philosopher that has always loved this problem, and I think there is a big problem, even with your assumptions. Go to the end if you want to avoid the list of problems even with ...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

"If they even noticed they were fading out [and becoming a P-zombie], we would be able to detect those thoughts" seems incompatible with the other assumptions. Suppose: There is no extra-...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

This appears to be a rephrasing of Chalmers' "Absent Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia" (1996) paper. Given your 12.5K score on Philosophy Stack Exchange, I presume you are familiar with ...
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Does the "gradual brain replacement" thought experiment prove consciousness is independent of substrate?

Neurons are examples of nanites themselves. They are tiny physical entities obeying the laws of physics. If the subject should report any weird sensations, you would have to conclude that your nanites ...
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