A reader solicited comments on two posts from Mike D at The A-Unicornist blog: Toward an Understanding of the Mind: The Mind-Body Problem Toward an Understanding of the Mind: Problems with Dualism The first post just summarizes the mind-body problem. In the second post, Mike states his purpose to be the following: For the purposes … Continue reading Re: Towards an Understanding of the Mind
Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor? by Eric Jonas & Konrad Paul Kording Abstract There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. … Continue reading Could a Neuroscientist Understand a Microprocessor?
From here This review has not examined in detail the various arguments presented; this is precluded by space limitations and by the extent and variety of the material. There is however one argument for which an exception needs to be made. The argument is especially prominent in the essays by Wilson, Angel, and Papineau in … Continue reading William Hasker on Causal Closure and an Evolutionary Argument Against Epiphenomenalism
I'm in a discussion with "The Thinker" concerning the mental, the physical, and causality (among other things). Though a self-described naturalist, The Thinker appears open to the possibility that there is an immaterial mind (he failed to provide an account of how matter can exhibit inherent intentionality). However, he believes that the physical (brain) always … Continue reading The Mind, Dualism, and Neuroscience
Recently, a post by Peter Saunders mentioning twenty questions atheists struggle to answer has created discussion around the blogosphere. He has followed up with some further explanations of why he asked the questions he did (1-6, 7-11). I thought it would be interesting to see how various atheists have tried to answer the questions and … Continue reading 20 Questions for Atheists