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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. There is no requirement for proof in philosophy. Reasonability, ...
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"i think therefore i am", revist, does criticisms really hold?

What he is saying is that Descartes wants to establish the indubitable truth that there is a particular res cogitans, ie. a specific thinking substance, that is me. Fisher points out that given the ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

It does seem like he might be assuming the very thing he's trying to prove, especially if we define free will as the "ability to make decisions." It's that classic “ghost in the machine” ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

Mitchell presents a recent state of physicalist science about biology and the universe, all of which point to compatibilist free will. Instead of acknowledging this, he just repeatedly makes baseless ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

I generally recommend that one dig into the details of someone's thinking through their writings, not a video, as videos are much harder to backtrack and cross-check with than writing. However, I ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

You might find it helpful to think in terms of probabilities. Suppose you have a theory that makes several independent assumptions. The probability of all your assumptions being correct is then the ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love

If "really matters" only means "will still matter to someone in a trillion years" then it's just a language issue: things matter now, but they won't matter in a trillion years. No ...
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Are there philosophers who argue that mental states are in a many-to-one relationship to physical states?

All dualists and neutral monists who hold by causal closure of the physical are susceptible to the sort of qualia multiplicity you postulate. And if any of them hold by the Many World Interpretation ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love

Engaging in philosophical thinking is purely human adventure. "Seeking love" is one of the basic instincts common to most animals. Comparing apples and oranges is possible but ...
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

Most idealists today postulate an emergence process from the mental to create the physical. Most physicalists today postulate an emergence process to create the mental. These are causal sequence ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

How can I actually find the things that make me happy and identify those that are byproduct of my social life, which I do not really want? Many toddlers and puppies express a quality that I regard as ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

There is so much old wisdom on this topic. If you would desire to learn about going beyond desire. . . How does desire differ from will? Will can will without deliberate thought. Without thought ...
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

There isn't necessarily a difference. However, if you say that all physical phenomena are also mental phenomena and vice versa, that makes you a panpsychist. This is a valid perspective, but not ...
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

This question just plays around with words. As long as you do not specify your term “mental substance” this word has no meaning. In any case the term is misleading. The brain is made up from neurons ...
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Give advice on justifying belief in the existence of other minds

The number of entities is generally an irrelevance, and you seem to be confusing yourself because you think otherwise. By your logic, a theory that asserts a block of iron, say, is a seamless blob, ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love

There are lots of good answers already on this page, but there is an unconscious at work when you hold contradictory views, and I would look into that. Most philosophers agree there is such a thing, ...
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Are there philosophers who argue that mental states are in a many-to-one relationship to physical states?

Your position seems to be a special case of: 2 different causality chains can lead to the same effect. or 2 different paths can lead to the same destination. It is well known to be true and there is ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

"If the 'ability to make decisions' is a valid definition, then Mitchell simply stating that we make choices routinely is assuming that which he is trying to prove." I think it's worse than ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

You define free will as the „ability to make decisions“. This definition seems to me useful to discuss the qestion of free will. I watched Mitchell’s video in full length. I also stumbled over his ...
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The Evolution of Free Will: Is Kevin Mitchell's argument robust?

what we perceive to be decisions are in fact merely events which occur as the result of determined and/or probabilistic/random sequences; events over which we exert no control. You seem to be saying ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love

In 1862, Emily Dickinson wrote, "The heart wants what it wants, or else it does not care". Suggestion. Perhaps you do care, and perhaps caring doesn't have to fear temporality. Suggestion ...
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If some one believes that nothing really matters but he still seeks love

Since the implied urgency suggests you're talking about a real person, you're most likely talking about someone with a medical condition like clinical depression. You're describing suffering. And it's ...
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What is strategy?

I'm not sure that the term 'strategy' gets the full philosophical treatment. Some topics like the philosophy of mathematics receive mountains of coverage, and other topics such as design or ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

Occam's Razor is subtler than most people realize. A better formulation of it would be: For comparable theories, the theory which explains the most observations with the fewest a priori assertions is ...
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Explain the answer from Reddit and give an explanation about Occam's Razor

Occam's Razor isn't about quantitative parsimony, it's about qualitative parsimony. And solipsism is qualitatively unparsimonious because it requires you to explain why only you have consciousness and ...
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

Awareness is known by awareness alone.
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What's the difference between saying everything is made from mental substance and everything is made from physical substance?

If we divide the world into nothing but two fundamental entities, mind and matter, then the brain is not a fundamental and is just an instance of matter which houses a particular mind and has the ...
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How can you think clearly and find what you really want?

I would say the same as Joseph Weissman's comment: Philosophy-study + Sitting-meditation Except that it is important to understand that the two are one! Think of a beginning physics student asking ...
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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. I ...
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Can a person's continuity of consciousness be broken and a new person arise?

But isn't the present mind only surface of the iceberg ? The example of a car crash person could be explained on molecular level. As the brain being somewhat damaged and our "consciousness" ...
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