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One slightly "aside" point is that this question is misnamed. The question is not "are we brains in a vat" - in effect we are .. whether the vat is our body hooked up interpreting and creating our perception of the universe via the meagre senses we possess, or we are hooked up to a computer. The question should be "is the universe as we perceive it a reality,...


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Information, information that exists in the neural processes, is probably the physical quantity that correlates perfectly with consciousness. Consciousness is a very complex and dynamic entity: you’re conscious of many things that have a lot of complicated, fine details and that always change and change rapidly (in milliseconds), such as the consciousness ...


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Most of the problems are caused by a lack of clarity about the difference between 'something' and 'nothing'. Many commentators on this problem are naive realists trying to protect their position. The 'Nothing' of the mystics is the only one that makes any sense to me. At any rate, the idea that physics can solve metaphysical problems is absurd. What ...


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It is not totally clear what the question is (perhaps edit), but I take it to be whether there are other candidate physical correlates of consciousness. An obvious candidate would be behavioral correlates of consciousness, such as people talking about how amazing it is that there are qualia. In the Scott Aaronson talk you link to above, slide 13 mentions ...


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The dualism of the authors you mentioned is perfectly compatible with the principle of conservation of energy. Though I am not directly answering your question, I may help with some misconceptions in your question. According to dualists, the mind is not fully physical, but there are many types of dualism. Some of them are compatible with the principle of ...


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