Context and IntroductionIn this article Patricia Churchland is arguing against David Chalmers’ assertion that the physical sciences, including contemporary disciplines like neuroscience, will never be able to explain consciousness. More specifically, they will never be able to explain the hard problem of consciousness: how and why physical processes give rise to subjective experience. Otherwise stated, […]Read More Chalmers’ Zombies and The Hornswoggle Problem: Patricia Churchland
Introduction and ContextFrank Jackson (no relation to the late Michael Jackson) argues that even if you knew all the physical facts about a conscious experience and what brings it about, you would still be missing information. That is, supposing you knew everything that happens in the brain–down to the neuron–when sees the color red […]Read More Epiphenomenal Qualia, The Knowledge Argument (Aka Mary’s Room): Frank Jackson
Introduction and Context:Up until now we’ve been looking at substance dualism and its problems. For most people, the interaction problems and the account of brain damage are insurmountable, particularly since dualism seems to conflict with our best scientific theories of mind. So, if dualism is so wrong, how did we end up with it in […]Read More Eliminative Materialism Vs Folk Psychological Concepts
Introduction and Context:Watch the Video first: http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/9CqbO_5FKRc&source=uds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CqbO_5FKRc So, is the brain the mind? Is the mind the brain? Are they separate things? If so, are you your brain or your mind? Or are you somehow both but they aren’t the same thing? Are you confused? Poor Karl. Lets try to help him clear up […]Read More Descartes and Philosophy of Mind: The Conceivability Argument and the Divisibility Argument
Intro “I don’t do that because I have morals“. Whenever I hear that I want to reply, “Yeah? So do I; and my morality tells me that it is good to strangle people who say stupid things”. My evidence is purely anecdotal but it seems every time I here this it’s from a […]Read More The Moral Law, God, and Helping Little Old Ladies Across the Street
This section of the sixth and final meditation is for me the most interesting and raises the most philosophical issues. I still remember when I first encountered it 12 years ago in my second philosophy class. Arguments For What My Senses Can and Can’t Tell Me About the World and Myself There is nothing […]Read More What Can A Pain in Your Butt Teach You About Metaphysics?
Descartes: Second Meditation Recap Lets very briefly recap the 1st meditation. Descartes says that if we really think about it, pretty much everything we know can be called into doubt. Knowledge is typically viewed as what we learn from experience but everything we experience when we (think we) are awake is exactly the same […]Read More What is the Only Thing You Can Know For Certain?