> This is the case with modern cognitive science:
>> 1) It ignored Descartes' two substance (mind and brain)
>> solution to the mind/brain problem in favor of treating
>> both substances as material.
> A common criticism of dualism is the problem of interaction. If mind is
> outside the physical world, how does it interact with body? Any mechanism
> of interaction you can propose would make mind part of the physical world,
> thus negating dualism.
> Dear Telmo,
> There is no "problem of interaction" if mind and body are isomorphs of
> each other, as Pratt proposes; they are Stone duals of each other,
> Descartes' substance dualism fails because the poor chap was asking the
> wrong question. The right question to ask is: How do minds interact with
> each other? Answer: via bodies. Minds are just the self-representations
> that bodies can have of themselves.
Thanks for the link, I'll read it once I have a bit more time.
> I appreciate and share the sentiment that there is something extremely
> weird about consciousness, that cannot be explained by current science. I
> don't buy into the idea that consciousness emerges from neural activity.
> Yet, any explanation must place consciousness inside the real of physical
> laws (or vice-versa), otherwise the previous paradox arises.
> Once we accept that consciousness is only knowable in a first person
> sense we will stop asking for third person descriptions/explanations for
I agree but to me "first person" and "consciousness" are exactly the same
thing. The deep existential questions remain unanswered...
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