On 4/1/2012 4:55 AM, David Nyman wrote:
On 31 March 2012 01:09, meekerdb<meeke...@verizon.net> wrote:
That seems like conjuring a mystery out of nothing. Is your question why is
my observational perspective associated with my brain?
It's only "a mystery out of nothing" if you have already accepted as
unproblematic the primitive existence of "my brain". Even given the
assumption of a primitive micro-physicality, we lack any purely
PHYSICAL principle capable of making a fundamental ontological
distinction between the generalised ensemble in its entirety, and any
specifically-isolated "composite object". The ascription of composite
brain-hood to some domain of the micro-physical ensemble is an a
posteriori ascription from an already-established observational
perspective. Hence to attribute said perspective to an epiphenomenon
of such an ascription amounts to putting the ontological cart before
the epistemological horse.
I'm all in favor of epistemology first. But that means point-of-view comes first, and
only some things happen comes second. The primitive, micro-physical ensemble is an
ontological assumption way down the line.
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