[ExI] Is the brain a digital computer?
gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 26 20:54:54 UTC 2010
--- On Fri, 2/26/10, Christopher Luebcke <cluebcke at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Surely you're not claiming that thoughts are brain matter?
I do claim that conscious thoughts arise as high-level features of brain
matter, yes. The idea seems odd only because we don't yet understand
I see no alternative aside from dualism.
In answer to Dan's post:
Dualism is not ruled out a priori, but as you probably know it leads to
serious problems. For example if mental phenomena have a reality distinct
from material phenomena then by what causal mechanism does the mental
realm affect the material realm? What sort of magic happens when, as a
result of your mental act of wanting to raise your arm, your arm rises?
By modern standards, at least, Descartes failed to provide a plausible
answer to this question of how mind affects matter. He posited a theory
that the pineal gland in the brain acts as the intermediary. He considered
this endocrine gland the "seat of the soul". But I think it just secretes
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