In the Western world, the traditional view of the soul originated with Greek philosophers, chiefly Aristotle and Plato.
It became quite the dustup actually. Egnor deals with the brain as an organ, not a theory, and doesn’t see it as equivalent to the mind. Papineau differs.
But then he turns around and admits that we are frustratingly far from understanding how it all works. His frustration is understandable.
It’s certainly true that the brain is plastic. but human brains can do more remarkable things than ant brains. People can function with split brains or half a brain or hardly any brain and be intellectually normal. We didn’t know that before brain scanning.
Isn’t this becoming a trend? Textbook Darwinism is surely a hindrance to the student who must learn and regurgitate the “narrative” while, if the interest is there, learning the facts by other means.
Moreland on the difference between the mind and the brain, how it points to the existence of the soul, and how we can communicate this to others.
Humans needed bigger brains, we are told, to hunt “smaller, swifter prey. But look at all the other theories.
Mark Solms clearly assumes, in his Psychology Today column, that the mind is just what the brain does. But that’s precisely the claim that the very existence of consciousness clouds.
The more we learn about nature, using new technology, the less we KNOW!, in the way we used to.
Yet, despite doing completely different things, the human brain uses the same equipment as the chimpanzee brain. Not a good time to be a shallow naturalist. Maybe a deep naturalist; not a shallow one.
6. If the mind were real, wouldn’t we be able to control things by thoughts alone? We do that now with our bodies. And we can do it under other circumstances too if an electrical connection can be established. Neurons can work with electrical signals from electronics.
The study of brains in recent decades has yielded a very different picture from the patterns we might have expected
(As a neurosurgeon) I’ve done that operation so let me explain why they mislead us.
Feser: Alfred Korzybski once said, “the map is not the territory.” If only more physicists were capable of seeing what a crackpot linguist could!
Thinking it through carefully, the idea doesn’t even make sense.