What to say when you find yourself among self-assured elite sloganeers. The actual history of neuroscience in the last century has not been kind to materialist assertions and assumptions.
At Mind Matters News: Can traditional philosophy help us understand mind vs. brain?
In the Western world, the traditional view of the soul originated with Greek philosophers, chiefly Aristotle and Plato.
At Mind Matters News: Egnor vs. Papineau Round 4, Egnor defends the mind vs. the brain
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.
At Mind Matters News: Neuroscientist: We are closing in on the secret of self-awareness…
But then he turns around and admits that we are frustratingly far from understanding how it all works. His frustration is understandable.
Indian jumping ants can shrink and regrow their brains
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.
Would you believe… that the brain-eye connection evolved 100 million years earlier than believed?
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.
J. P. Moreland on mind over matter
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.
More on the “smaller prey” theory of how human brains got so big
Humans needed bigger brains, we are told, to hunt “smaller, swifter prey. But look at all the other theories.
In new book, a psychologist tries to explain consciousness
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.
Neuroscience puzzle: A rat with almost no brain functioned for years like a normal rat
The more we learn about nature, using new technology, the less we KNOW!, in the way we used to.
Researchers: We think we know why humans are smarter than animals
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.
Ten reasons why your brain is not the same as your mind
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.
At Mind Matters News: Human, mouse, and fly brains all use the same basic mechanisms
The study of brains in recent decades has yielded a very different picture from the patterns we might have expected
Michael Egnor: Philosopher’s claim that split brain surgery shows that we have no real identity is wrong
(As a neurosurgeon) I’ve done that operation so let me explain why they mislead us.
Ed Feser on theoretical physicist’s new book: “the particle collection that fancied itself a physicist”
Feser: Alfred Korzybski once said, “the map is not the territory.” If only more physicists were capable of seeing what a crackpot linguist could!