Continued insights on the mind-brain problem

Michael Egnor recently authored a new article in First Things on the mind-brain problem titled A Map of the Soul. I am really just putting this up here as a placeholder and reference for use in future discussions. Egnor writes clearly and concisely about something he has studied up close as a brain surgeon. In … Continue reading Continued insights on the mind-brain problem

The mind-brain problem and a truly helpful (atheist) explanation of the black and white nature of sin

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

Split brains do not lead to split consciousnesses

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

The problem of consciousness is a Physics problem?

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?

Losing faith in Elon Musk: True artificial intelligence is not happening any time soon

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

Consciousness, artificial intelligence and the image of the beast

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