Dualism versus materialism (Identity)

by David Turell @, Friday, June 30, 2017, 19:34 (165 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: I don’t want details. I want a straight answer to a straight question. Since this whole discussion revolves around that one question, I am skipping the rest of your post, as you repeat your concept and I would only repeat my objections to it, as above. You have expressed your belief in an immaterial conscious self, which survives the death of brain and body. We all agree that we have a material brain. Under “Consciousness: a neurosurgeon’s observations” (thank you for this excellent essay) there is a quote from Francis Crick:

A person’s mental activities are entirely due to the behaviour of nerve cells, glial cells, and the atoms, ions, and molecules that make them up and influenced them.” Do you accept this view?

If not, do you accept Aquinas’s view that our mental activities (e.g. ideas) are the product of an immaterial soul?

Yes. Consciousness is soul. The newborn's brain receives consciousness ae Ensoulment.


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