[ExI] Is the brain a digital computer?
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 25 22:01:54 UTC 2010
--- On Tue, 2/23/10, Dave Sill <sparge at gmail.com> wrote:
> Blood is tangible, mental phenomena are not. Of *course*
> they're in different categories.
You argue then for mind/matter dualism.
> You can hold a pint of blood in your hand, but you can't
> hold a pint of thought
Again you argue for mind/matter dualism. The question of how to answer you has weighed heavily on my mind.
If we want to call ourselves materialists (a noble motivation, I think) then it seems to me we must say that thoughts have mass. This does not mean however that one's brain becomes more massive when one has thoughts; it means only that one has thoughts by virtue of having a massive brain.
If should seem obvious, for example, that thoughts don't exist in the absence of brain matter.
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