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Mind a no-brainer?

Bill Skaggs skaggs at bns.pitt.edu
Mon Jan 3 09:59:36 EST 2000

damscot at my-deja.com writes:

> According to most Monist researchers, it seems, all mental perception
> of objective reality and conception occurs within the "brain". But I
> say they are wrong! My thoughts, like a Cartesian Dualist, go like this:
> If Monists were right, then any brain would then be both objective to
> and functionally generative of its own subjective mind, if it had one.
> That is, the brain itself would have to directly perceive and yet
> subsume itself as mind, and thus be both subjective/superior and
> objective/inferior at the same time - which seems obviously
> contradictory - and therefore, impossible.
> Hence, it would seem that no subjective mind has, owns, or depends
> upon, a corresponding objective brain (or any physical material) *for
> its existence*. More profoundly, if this be true, then minds, being non-
> physical, are indeed incorruptible, and thus immortal.
> Don

Most of the terms you use in your argument are capable of multiple
definitions, so it's difficult to follow the details of the chain of
logic.  In particular, though, I wonder just what you mean by stating
that the brain "directly perceives itself as mind".  Can you clarify?

	-- Bill

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