On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 2:35 AM, selva kumar <selvakr1...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 3, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Jason Resch <jasonre...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 6:23 AM, selva kumar <selvakr1...@gmail.com>wrote:
>>> Is consciousness causally effective ?
>> If it is not causally effective, then you must explain what caused the
>> word "consciousness" to enter our lexicon and what caused the field of
>> pihlosophy of mind, and all the various books on the subject of
>> consciousness. The dirty secret of epiphenominalism (the theory that
>> consciousness is casually inert) is that if it were a true theory, the
>> theory of epiphenominalism would be entirely private and unsharable. The
>> fact that a theory was generated and shared to explain consciousness proves
>> consciousness has effects. Even the fact that we are discussing it now in
>> this thread can be taken as evidence of its causal effects.
> Then by your definition..Consciousness is our ability to think ?
No, my point is that if you are thinking about consciousness, then what else
could it have been but consciousness that caused you to think about it? If
consciousness had no effects, then we would not think about it, talk about
it, or write e-mails about it.
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