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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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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 claiming that strong AI is impossible imply a belief in substance dualism?

I can think of a few alternatives: One could argue for a case where a human mind grade AI is theoretically producible, but the universe lacks sufficient resources to do so. This would be a ...
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What good books are there on the mind–body problem?

Arthur Eddington's "The Nature of the Physical World" as reprinted and edited in "Quantum Physics and Ultimate Reality; Mystical Writings of Great Physicists" editor Michael Green and "What is ...
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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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"How does an immaterial activity (eg thinking a thought) inform a material medium (eg the brain) in which it is manifested?"

The question is based on a flawed premise, namely that thinking is an immaterial activity. In fact, thinking is a product of electrochemical activity in the brain that requires energy. In fact brain ...
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Are dualism and the theory of evolution compatible?

The "gradient of evolution" does not exist, biological evolution neither has to be monotone in "complexity", nor does it have to be continuous. "The idea... is based at least partly on the presumption ...
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Can conjoined twins share a mind?

I think you can resolve most such potential contradictions by changing the wording around. In some systems, you may say it is "consciousness sharing." However, if that is a contradiction in that ...
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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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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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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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Am I not my body?

I don't think the thought experiment proves what you think it proves. We'll work primarily from this section: The exact same "I" in the original body, if it is caused by the body, would show up in ...
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Am I not my body?

Identical twins are clones of each other that started off in an identical state (as they both result from the division of a fertilized egg). Identical twins do not consider themselves as being a ...
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Does claiming that strong AI is impossible imply a belief in substance dualism?

To complete Cort Amon's answer, I would say that there is a difference between reproducing physical phenomena and computing them. Even if all physical systems can be reproduced using some physical ...
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What does the "mind-body problem" mean?

In these accounts, the mind body problem arises because the mind seems to be so fundamentally different from any physical substance, yet it is obviously correlated with the body. This is the main ...
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Are dualism and the theory of evolution compatible?

Options (A) and (B) exhaust the possibilities for question 1: Either every living thing has a dual nature (A), or only a proper subset of living things have a dual nature (B). you could even ...
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Am I a monad? Are we a monad? (Software and hardware)

A monad is a mathematical construct. Generally speaking, it is not typical to assume humans are mathematical constructs. However, it may be valid to argue that you are "well modeled as a monad." ...
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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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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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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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If we would split my brain would there be two of me?

I'll respond as if you'd ask what happens when you clone your mind into another substrate. I'm not sure what you mean by splitting your brain. Lobe-by-lobe, atom by atom, or by functional pattern? It'...
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