philosophy of mind

db no at email.com
Sun Dec 23 04:16:01 EST 2001

On Sat, 22 Dec 2001 6:50:03 -0700, Richard Norman wrote
(in message <i1392ukefcde7akqinu9nmvbljcp5gri99 at 4ax.com>):

> On Sat, 22 Dec 2001 10:31:09 GMT, "Glen M. Sizemore"
> <gmsizemore at triad.rr.com> wrote:
>> "db" <no at email.com> wrote in message
>> news:01HW.B849996A000D513A180E5A80 at news...
>>> Are any neuroscientists here interested in philosophy of mind?
>> GS: Most behavioral neuroscientists are - but
>> uncritically so. And that is precisely what is wrong
>> with behavioral neurobiology.
> Many neurophysiologists are -- but don't let it interfere with their
> work!
> I don't mean to be snide (well, OK, actually I did) but there is
> something that feels objective and "real" about cells doing their
> thing.  And each year it seems that cell function becomes more and
> more complex.  The simple "make an action potential" of decades past
> is now submerged into the wallow of "cell signaling" which brings in
> just about every biochemical and molecular biological trick that cells
> have.  This brain work seems so distant from mind that it tends to
> produce a dualist attitude. 

If the general premise of neuroscience is that the brain produces behavior 
and consciousness (*?*), would that not tend to stray from any non-coporeal
conception of mind?  Diving in deeper, if we assume that at some point 
neuroscience could possibly reach final point where the brain - and thus mind 
- is completely understood? If the processes of the brain are governed by 
universal, temporally static laws of physics, would this not throw free will 
out the window?

Any feedback is appreciated.


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