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Philosopher Angus Menuge on why traditional physicalism isn’t really working


Some philosophers today claim that the mind is simply what the brain does; a newer group thinks the mind emerges from the brain but is not simply the brain. Angus Menuge of Concordia University explains:

And it’s interesting that, over time, thinkers have moved more and more in non-reductionist directions. More and more they use the language of emergence…

And, it’s amazing, now there are positions endorsed which would have seemed quite desperate, such as panpsychism, the idea that maybe everything physical has something mind-like about it. Eventually, mind-like properties emerge. An extraordinary proliferation of theories and about the only thing that people can agree on in philosophy of mind is that they all seem to have serious difficulties and are unsatisfactory in one way rather than another.

News, “How have various thinkers tried to solve the mind–body problem? ” at Mind Matters News

The shift toward emergentism will probably begin to affect debates over evolution. Evolution theories based on physicalism will likely face challenges from unexpected quarters.

Here are the earlier parts of the series:

Part 1: How do we know we are not just physical bodies? The mind–body problem is one of the most difficult issues in modern philosophy. Philosopher Angus Menuge cites the immateriality and indivisibility of the mind and discusses the evidence from near-death experiences.

Part 2: If the mind and body are so different, how can they interact? A look at different models of the mind–body problem. Angus Menuge asks, Why should wanting a drink of milk produce physical changes like opening the fridge? It’s a harder question than many think.

Nicely stated, Nonlinear.org. Of course, theoretical physicists have known this for over 75 years. Max Planck, who’s considered the father of quantum mechanics stated the following in a speech delivered in Florence, Italy in 1944 titled The Nature of Matter:
As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.
The new narrative of "emergent" phenomena is simply a euphemism for "magically." -Q Querius
Mind-like properties emerge? Can't happen. This seems to be an outflow from AI hype, not a careful thought about the properties of matter. There are only two LOGICAL possibilities. I'm the only conscious being, or absolutely everything in the universe is conscious. The in-between stuff (you, mammals, etc) has circumstantial evidence but not logic. polistra
Matter is itself immaterial at the subatomic level as QM shows. Even materialists are catching on. Hence physicalism. But we don't know the laws of God aka physics. We may be just scratching the surface. And determinism is dead as QM once again shows. So there is no basis whatsoever for materialism, sorry physicalism, let alone the dead wrong Darwinism. Nonlin.org

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