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How can substance dualism survive the arguments from neuroscience?

Disclaimer: None of the ontological positions detailed is my own. 1. Neurosciences and the category mistake: a first take As Peter Reynaert puts it in Reynaert, P. (2015): "Neuroscientific ...
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How can substance dualism survive the arguments from neuroscience?

There are other arguments for mind-body dualism on the "Mind-body dualism" Wikipedia page, but the question is about a specific argument against it coming from neuroscience: In some contexts, the ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

Mainly because we have no idea how mind and matter are supposed to interact Causation is understood by many in a way that makes that problematic. This post gives a perfectly neutral definition which ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

The key difference between matter-matter interactions and mind-matter interactions is that we have been able to discover governing relationships (eg Newton's laws, Coulomb's law, General Relativity ...
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Are there any philosophical writings/works about Fourier transforms?

A prolific modern Leibnizian, Mike Hockney, might be somewhat like what you are looking for, see e.g. his Mathematical Universe and Smith's review of it, but do not expect the caliber of Badiou or ...
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Are there philosophies that call for things which are not mind nor matter?

The question refers to ontology. The classification matter or mind is a strong simplification. Popper advocated a tripartition with world 1: physical objects and events world 2: mental objects and ...
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I have seven steps to conclude a dualist reality. Which of these steps are considered controversial/wrong?

Re-posting here from the other thread, I would propose a simpler argument to show the existence of an objective reality outside the subjective realm, with less leaps of faith. I would propose the ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

Not everyone has an "inner monologue" or ability to vividly imagine things: this is known as aphantasia. At an imaginary-angled diagonal from that, there are also people who are pain-...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

So there's this supposedly an 'interaction' problem for substance dualism, that isn't there for physicalism or idealism. I've never understood this. So as Hume pointed out, we see event a followed by ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

I agree, the interaction problem is not unique to mind/body questions. For example, the original materialism posited everything was atoms colliding. However, now we know nothing collides, all ...
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Scientific consensus about the soul

There seem to be several questions packed into this post. From the philosophy of mind point of view, please refer to the extensive literature on Dualism vs Materialism. Musolino isn't the first to ...
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Are there philosophies that call for things which are not mind nor matter?

It is very popular among philosophers to "overcome" the divide between idealism and materialism by dissolving the distinction, i.e. "embedding" both ideality and matter into something more fundamental,...
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For Kierkegaard, how does being "animal" and "rational" compel us to invent meaning?

I haven't read Richard Schmitt which makes me hesitant to answer the question as to what he means, but I can address the quote and what Kierkegaard means. First, the idea is not singular to ...
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How can substance dualism (Cartesian) explain how the mind is affected from brain damage?

This is an important question, and one that interactive dualists are generally poor at even admitting exists. Most of the other physicalist attacks on interactive dualism are based on reasoning or ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

Mind is software, the brain hardware. Back in 1973, when I used to write drivers for hardware on an HP2100 minicomputer, we had hardware instructions that wrote to devices and read from them (I/O ...
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I have seven steps to conclude a dualist reality. Which of these steps are considered controversial/wrong?

Re. Step 1: We start by believing in the bare minimum : our own subjective experience exists. the reduction to the pure ego and to the solipsistic sphere of the mine, in the sense that Husserl ...
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I have seven steps to conclude a dualist reality. Which of these steps are considered controversial/wrong?

You say yourself after Step 4: Here we take a leap and conclude that other people also have subjective perceptions like us. You are taking a leap because the conclusions after this do not follow ...
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I have seven steps to conclude a dualist reality. Which of these steps are considered controversial/wrong?

Your basic argument is actually widely accepted and implemented by humans world wide. It is why children universally become dualists (See https://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/pdfs/...
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Which is the best explanation of the mind body relation, dualism or physicalism?

The mainstream view, physicalism, ie. materialistic monism, is the philosophical position that everything which exists is no more extensive than its physical properties, and that the only existing ...
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Does mind-body dualism entail supernaturalism?

Be careful not to conflate naturalism with physicalism. Physicalism is the doctrine that everything is reducible to physics: mass and energy, electric charge, gravitation, etc. Naturalism is the ...
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Hubert Dreyfus & Heidegger - is Heidegger a dualist?

Thanks for the referred video. I cannot agree more with l_ruth on the interpretation of what Dreyfus was saying. I post this answer since I do not think l_ruth's response is sufficient to answer the ...
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Can theism be reconciled with the apparent state of dualism?

I think the actual beliefs of philosophers are more open to dualism than the "discredited" quote implies. The philosophical survey shows a majority of philosophers to be physicalists (56.5%), but ...
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What is the argument posed by Katherine Hayles in "The Condition of Virtuality" as to the relation between matter and virtuality and why?

What a wonderful contribution in the philosophy of technology. Let's see if we can't provide some clarification of this philosophical topic. INTRODUCTION From the article you cited: Virtuality is ...
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Was the notion of mind-body dualism invented, or at least popularized, by Rene Descartes?

'I am not in my body as a pilot in his ship', derives from and modifies a text not in Plato but Aristotle, to the best of my knowledge. In de Anima, II.1, 413a Aristotle observes: But it remains ...
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Why is it that philosophers use terms that aren't literally true in their literature?

Short Answer Philosophy is almost completely conducted in natural language, and the study of the origins of the "why's" of natural language are a concern of the philosophy of language. What ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

I am not sure if I have an answer as much as some considerations you can make about this topic. Who saw the event A? First I want to talk about what it means to observe events A and B. If the sun ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

The interaction problem was brought to René Descartes' attention by his pupil, Princess Elisabeth. Her argument is that of all material phenomena heretofore observed, it has always been matter on ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

The issue with trying to use science as described to tease out the rules of mind-matter interaction is collecting the data points of the mind. We have no measurement devices to take data like we do ...
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Why is mind interacting with matter any more problematic than matter interacting with matter?

Put aside "how" matter influences matter. The question is whether the laws of physics (as we know them) leave any room for "mind" to influence matter. If you believe that mind can ...
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