On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM, Stephen P. King <stephe...@charter.net> wrote:
>> A top-down effect of consciousness on matter could be inferred if
>> miraculous events were observed in neurophysiology research. The
>> consciousness itself cannot be directly observed.
> Hi Stathis,
> This would be true only if consciousness is separate from matter, such
> as in Descartes failed theory of substance dualism. In the dual aspect
> theory that I am arguing for, there would never be any "miracles" that would
> contradict physical law. At most there would be statistical deviations from
> classical predictions. Check out http://boole.stanford.edu/pub/ratmech.pdf
> for details. My support for this theory and not materialism follows from
> materialism demonstrated inability to account for 1p. Dual aspect monism has
> 1p built in from first principles. BTW, I don't use the term "dualism" any
> more as what I am advocating seems to be too easily confused with the failed
If there is no causal influence of consciousness on matter and the
matter just follows the laws of physics then, if the laws of physics
are computable, computationalism is established; and even if the laws
of physics are not computable functionalism can still be established.
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