[ExI] How not to make a thought experiment

Spencer Campbell lacertilian at gmail.com
Tue Feb 23 00:17:43 UTC 2010

Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com>:
> I've noticed a few times that there seems to be a bit of confusion (or in some cases maybe misrepresentation) over what 'dualism' means.  I take it to mean the hypothesis that there is an immaterial and *unexplainable* component to the mind, a 'soul' if you like.

I was not using the term rigorously, but I was going for property
dualism rather than the substance dualism you seem to imply here. I
was lazy; I should have specified, at least. There is no excuse.

Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com>:
> Replace "Thinking" with "Ticking", and "Brain" with "Clock".  Where do you 'put' the ticking?  Is it dualism to acknowledge that clocks tick?

The way I was using it, yes. To make the philosophical claim that
clocks tick is tantamount to saying that a tree falling in the woods
with no one around to hear it does, indeed, make a sound.

I am just going to assume that everyone else finds this obvious as
well, and leave it at that for now. Because: laziness.

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