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On the connection between science and reality

I don't remember which one, but I think it was Special Relativity that Einstein formulated purely on the basis of thought and did not keep anything to fit observed reality. This is false. There were ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

Developing a mature philosophic worldview is a decade-long project, as philosophy is such a diverse field, and its subjects are pretty difficult to get a good grasp of, because it are those fields ...
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

It is perplexing, isn't it. I've encountered it on here, eg in the comments to this: Can minds be uploaded in computers? which is also an answer relevant to this topic, about the challenges of ...
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On the connection between science and reality

Caveat There are some different metaphysical positions on the universe. Some have the belief the universe is a hologram, and others say it's a simulation; some believe in multiple universes. My ...
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On the connection between science and reality

I agree with you than one can extend a series of why-questions and corresponding answers to infinite length. At which point should one stop? Usually one stops when one has obtained a physical theory, ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

If you really want your mind opened, you should read contrary opinions to what you believe. Most people don't really understand those who disagree with them in philosophy, religion, politics, and ...
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On the connection between science and reality

Science to understand and predict reality First, we observe that objects near Earth's surface accelerate downwards at some degree. Then, through various experiments and measurements, we come to ...
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

Short Answer Technically speaking, the question can only be answered speculatively since the motivations of a group of philosophers is best answered by empirical means, that is, polling. But I'm on ...
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Is physicalism ultimately essentialist?

This question has some understandable confusion between science and physicalism, and also about what relation essentialism has to science. Science is based on the principle that our world is ...
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The mechanistic view, information and thermodynamics?

You need to spell out the two arguments that are in dispute. It is also useful to specify the POV of the two disputants. A) This disputant is arguing for monistic reductive physicalism. The argument ...
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On the connection between science and reality

I don't remember which one, but I think it was Special Relativity that Einstein formulated purely on the basis of thought and did not keep anything to fit observed reality. Far from it! The theory ...
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Scrutiny on the definition of the Turing Machine?

... the time evolution of the electric field is given by Maxwell's equations ... so it's not obvious to me they will have the same computational power I think the underlying distinction you're trying ...
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Scrutiny on the definition of the Turing Machine?

Short Answer Yes. Absolutely. Philosophers wrestle over these sorts of phrases to tackle the metaphysics of computation endlessly. Long Answer Since 1936, the notion of Turing machines and effectively ...
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

Answering this question should NOT involve dismissing physicalists who reject strong AI as somehow confused. Strong AI and the possibility that an AGI will be conscious, involves a set of assumptions ...
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PhilPapers Survey 2020, Why do so many physicalists deny consciousness of future AI systems?

Assuming the truth of physicalism, we still have no idea how consciousness arises in biological systems. Lots of physicalists in the AI community assume it has something to do with algorithms or ...
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Which arguments support Dualism as the best view of the human person?

Dualism has the most emotionally satisfying answers to human experience of consciousness and qualia of perception, even if those answers are not actually useful in practice. Dualism offers an alluded ...
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Which arguments support Dualism as the best view of the human person?

You ask for a suitable philosophical framework for anthropology. Because you name already three approaches, you may take them as starting point for a top-down reasoning: What are the basic assumptions ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

Outstanding! A deeply critical understanding of the world is simply not possible without reflecting on the topics of philosophy. Many of those ideas have blossomed into sciences, but the sciences ...
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Physicalism + book recommendations

Psychology: Because you mention you want to know yourself I would like to point to any primary source from Sigmund Freud, e.g. New Introduction to Psychoanalysis. Neuroscience: A text by Paul or ...
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How does a dualist explain changing their mind?

Dualism uses a non-reductionist approach, where the mind is not some kind of thought machine where one thing leads to another. Instead, mind events in dualism are non-reducable to "smaller" ...
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How can materialists make claims?

Modern physicalists generally do not argue any more that physicalism is actually monisitc. Here are three references published in the last two decades, that all agree that there are non-physical ...
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Is a physical process identical to an algorithm computing it?

That's a resounding no. A good place to start your exploration is Computation in Physical Systems (SEP). From the article: When we define concrete computations and the vehicles that they manipulate, ...
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Is a physical process identical to an algorithm computing it?

The algorithm is just the recipe --- the physical system is the bowl, flour, eggs, sugar, mixing spoon, etc. An algorithm is just a description of a process to be performed --- it does not implement ...
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Is the concept of information nonphysical?

Information itself is not physical. It is neither matter nor energy. Information is the configuration (order, shape) of physical matter or energy. A book is a physical object. The story it contains is ...

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