Reconciling materialism and dualism (Endings)

by dhw, Sunday, March 11, 2018, 13:06 (274 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: The brain is not dead in resuscitations! The cortex is stunned and inactive from loss of adequate blood supply. If that supply returns the cortex wakes up.

dhw: Agreed. I should not have used the word “dead”, and your correction makes the argument a great deal clearer. I should have said: how do we know that the brain is completely stunned and inactive? That was Tony’s point about defining death in relation to Near Death Experiences. Sceptics may argue that the brain is NOT inactive. In my post above I have also offered a counter to the sceptics.

DAVID: Some recent research has found a few slow very deep EEG waves, not representing thought areas. All areas stay alive, if not really functional, when resuscitation proceeds. The key is to get the heart pumping and everything can come back, hopefully completely.

Thank you for this. You have mentioned it before, and we discussed it. Who knows what research will uncover next, but I think we need to be very careful about pinning thought to a specific area. That is why I prefer to talk about the brain generally. You have also drawn our attention to brain damage which theoretically should have interfered with the patient’s cognitive abilities but did not. As always, I greatly appreciate your fairness in presenting such findings.


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