In 1994 a secular guy named David Chalmers, then at University of Arizona, got famous because he characterized something that had been known and discussed for centuries. He described a problem James Trefil, a Physics professor at George Mason University described this way: It is the only major question in the sciences that we don’t … Continue reading The mind-brain problem
Day 237 of 1000 Christian and I went to our church meeting together without Lorena and Kelly (they have a bug of some kind). Among other things, we talked about why strict materialism is not true. One manifestation of that is the mind brain problem. I could not explain the problem very well although I … Continue reading The mind-brain problem and a truly helpful (atheist) explanation of the black and white nature of sin
I have written about the mind-brain problem and the hard problem of consciousness on this blog a number of times. There are people who deny these are problems (e.g. Daniel Dennett) and purport that there are purely material explanations even though those explanations do not exist and there is a preponderance of evidence against them. … Continue reading Split brains do not lead to split consciousnesses
Michael Egnor has been on my radar for several years now. I love the way he writes and most of what he says (latest example here). He is highly qualified to talk about the brain–he is, literally, a brain surgeon and a professor at a well-respected university (bio here). He frequently writes on the mind-brain … Continue reading Michael Egnor: Ad Hominem Magnet
I just finished a totally fascinating series of linked posts by and about a scholar from Rice University here in Texas on how difficult, impossible really, it is to make claims about abiogenesis based on the current state of human knowledge. Abiogenesis and the mind/brain problem are two of the greatest mysteries of our age. … Continue reading James Tour on Abiogenesis
Previously I wrote about the problem of consciousness. I was reminded of that post when I read this article in Scientific America where John Horgan interviews physicist Lee Smolin. Here is an interchange I found interesting: Horgan: Roger Penrose has suggested that a unified theory might also help solve the problem of consciousness. Do you … Continue reading The problem of consciousness is a Physics problem?
Christian and I have an ongoing discussion about the current state of artificial intelligence. Some of it is in the context of the second beast of Revelations 13:15 that is given power to speak by the first beast. We make no claims about what all that means, but use it as a point of reference … Continue reading Losing faith in Elon Musk: True artificial intelligence is not happening any time soon
Denyse O’Leary often writes about the mind-brain problem. Her most recent article over at Evolution News and Views is titled Would We Give Up Naturalism to Solve the Hard Problem of Consciousness? I was reminded of a discussion Christian and I had the day before yesterday about Information Theory and one of Christian’s graduate school projects. … Continue reading Consciousness, artificial intelligence and the image of the beast