Dualism versus materialism: A scientist's approach (Identity)

by dhw, Monday, September 11, 2017, 13:24 (43 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: A psychologist's description of how she thinks the brain works:

http://nautil.us/issue/51/limits/emotional-intelligence-needs-a-rewrite?utm_source=Naut..

QUOTE: A reasonable, science-backed way to define and practice emotional intelligence comes from a modern, neuroscientific view of brain function called construction: the observation that your brain creates all thoughts, emotions, and perceptions, automatically and on the fly, as needed. This process is completely unconscious.

DAVID’s comment: This is entirely a mechanistic, materialistic view of brain function. Where is consciousness in all of this description: totally created by the brain. [...]

While remaining neutral on the subject of dualism versus materialism (I’ll return to this eventually), I agree with you completely. If all our thoughts, emotions and perceptions are created unconsciously by the brain, what provides our consciousness of them?


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