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Do human thoughts interact with matter?

Thoughts consist of nerve impulses, and they most certainly can and do interact with matter- at least in the sense that nerve impulses can cause muscles to contract in the human body. But the context ...
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Is feminism necessarily trans-exclusionary?

It seems to me that this question is based upon two false assumptions. 1.) Feminism today seeks not to erase the differences between men and women, but to change the perception of everything ...
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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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Is color intrinsic to light?

The human colour vision is bound to the cones. We have three types of cones with maximum of absorption in the wavelength domain respectively violet green yellow. The subjective impression of ...
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Does idealism allow for thought without any sensory input?

Idealism does not necessarily assert mind as a fundamental entity, but it does assert the metaphysical priority of the ideal over the material. The view of reality as derivative from the mind is ...
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How do modern dualists explain the mind-body interaction?

Believe it or not, but the biggest challenge to dualism does not come from neuroscience or physiology, and in fact is shared with materialism, it is the threat of epiphenomenlism. Whether mental is ...
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Do some of us possess a godsense?

Your question enters the field of psychology of religion. We know that patients with psychosis hear voices and feel the presence of other persons who pursue them. In addition they speak to these ...
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From a functionalist point of view: when is an algorithm an A.I., and when is it just software?

The position of functionalists on AI is similar to the position of compatibilists on free will in two important respects. First, they distance themselves from the Cartesian idea that there is some ...
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Does materialism presuppose that a self is a bundle of mental states and perceptions?

First, the constructive part. Crick, who is as physicalist on neuroscience as one can wish for, in Astonishing Hypothesis discusses "the processing postulate": "It suggests that we may be using the ...
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Euler's 1746 philosophy paper

1st premise : No body can have a force contrary to inertia. Based on [Engl.transl.,page 2] analysis of "current" (still quite incomplete) understanding of matter and bodies and of knowledge of only a ...
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What are book recommendations on Philosophy of Consciousness by contemporary authors?

"19th century philosophers are not necessary to understand contemporary debates" is largely true because modern debates regurgitate ideas and arguments explored at length since Kant. Here is an ...
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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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The demarcation problem and the materialism/dualism debate?

The line is typically drawn slightly differently, mostly because the word "explain" is not precise enough for a hard-edged debate on the topic. As given in the introduction to Phyiscalism on ...
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Can Empiricism and Ethics be linked via Neuro-Science?

Four assumptions: You assume such a mapping is possible to construct using empirical evidence. (it's not known if the human brain is quiescent enough to permit mapping) You assume the resulting map ...
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Do some of us possess a godsense?

Bertrand Russell discusses this question in Mysticism and Logic and A Free Man's Worship. Russell, being a hardened materialist himself, ultimately dismisses mystical feelings as illusions, but doesn'...
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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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Do some of us possess a godsense?

A whole new branch of research has opened up in the last few years called "neurotheology". Several research teams either have or are conducting research on religious experiences (i.e.; meditating) by ...
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Why do philosophical discussions of the teleportation paradox seem to ignore the physics involved?

Discussions of philosophical issues can often benefit from taking into account what we know about physics. In this case this may not be as pronounced because the teleportation paradox is more about ...
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Would it be immoral to enslave your own simulated mind?

Most moral theories dictate that moral concern toward a given entity is warranted if and only if the entity is sentient, meaning it has the ability to feel qualia (subjective experiences like the ...
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Is it possible that I'm "God" or a special being/deity?

"Possible" really depends on what you have accepted as true Solipsism: Assuming you're the only perceiving being and everyone else is a figment of your imagination, your subconscious keeping you ...
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Did Descartes really doubt the existence of God?

The answer depends on the meaning of "really". The structure of Meditations is that Descartes sets out to doubt everything, no holes barred. At this point he is presumably doubting the ...
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Can science prove or provide evidence that the brain is the source of the mind

Science can, in fact, provide strong evidence for that. We have a lot of very good information that shows very strong correlation between physical processes in the brain and how the mind works, but ...
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What is this idea of causality being articulated?

The answer to this question is straightforward. Any metaphysical view of causation that imputes causal powers from the abstract domain of human thought to the physical world is known as mental ...
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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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