On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 11:23 PM, Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> If the brain does something not predictable by modelling its >> biochemistry that means it works by magic. > > Then you are saying that whether you accept what I'm what I'm writing > here or not is purely predictable through biochemistry alone or else > must be 'magic'. So in order for you to change your mind, some > substance needs to cross your blood brain barrier, and that the > content of your mind - the meaning of what you are choosing to think > about right now can only be magic. I think my approach is much more > scientific. I'm not prejudging what the solution can or cannot be in > advance. > > If you want to call psychology magic, that's ok with me, but it > certainly drives biochemistry as much as it is driven by biochemistry. > Why is it so hard to accept that both levels of reality are in fact > real? Our body doesn't seem to have a problem taking commands from our > mind. Why should I deny that those commands have a source which cannot > be adequately described in terms of temperature and pressure or > voltage? To presume that we can only know what the mind is by studying > it's shadow in the brain is, I think catastrophically misguided and > ultimately unworkable. If not for our own experiences of the mind, > biochemistry would not tell us that such a thing could possibly exist. Our body precisely follows the deterministic biochemical reactions that comprise it. The mind is generated as a result of these biochemical reactions; a reaction occurs in your brain which causes you to have a thought to move your arm and move your arm. How could it possibly be otherwise? -- Stathis Papaioannou -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To unsubscribe from this group, send email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. For more options, visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list?hl=en.