Dr. Egnor got into an online discussion with Dr. Faizal Ali, an “anti-creationist” psychiatrist and, he says, “a materialist who believes that abstract (intellectual) thought is simply the product of material brain processes”:
Let’s recap: on June 28th, Dr. Ali wrote confidently that intellectual seizures do exist: “… Egnor is simply wrong. Intellectual seizures do occur.”
On July 20th, Dr. Ali wrote confidently that intellectual seizures do not exist: “[W]hy do ‘intellectual seizures’ not exist? Neural connectivity theory provides an answer:… Such stimulation is too crude and localized to produce a more complex response such as an abstract thought.”Michael Egnor, “A Materialist Neuroscientist Continues the Argument with Himself” at Mind Matters News
We hope it doesn’t come to blows (self-inflicted injuries).
Also by Michael Egnor in discussion with psychiatrist Dr. Faizal Ali
What is abstract thought?, Part I: Now Dr. Ali argues with Dr. Ali
Can Buzzwords About “Neural Networks” Save Materialist Neuroscience? No. Experiments that support an immaterial consciousness often involve split or massively damaged neural networks.
Do “forced thinking” seizures show that abstract thought is a material thing? Epilepsy suppresses abstract thought, it does not evoke it.
Do Epileptic Seizures Cause Abstract Thoughts? A psychiatrist argues that “intellectual seizures” can occur.
Atheist Psychiatrist Misunderstands Evidence for an Immaterial Mind Patients with massive brain damage were shown to have a mental life.