Materialist Mind

Daniel Dennett and Andy Clark have written an opinion piece for the latest New Scientist taking neuroscientist Mario Beauregard to task for some of his comments in a previous NS article in support of Dualism (see "Intelligent Design and Cartesian Dualism". There's some intelligent commentary beneath the story which is worth reading, but rather than dive into boring discussions of neuroscience, materialism and dualism, I've decided to let someone else do the talking here on TDG, and perhaps provide a good laugh in the process:

Because hey - if you can't trust the word of (Professor) Basil Fawlty when it comes to philosophies of consciousness and the basics of neuroscience, who can you trust?

Previously on TDG:


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pacificwhim's picture
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21 June 2007
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Love the Cleese piece, and the comments after the NS article are quite revealing, a microcosm of the open-minded skeptic/pseudoskeptic divide. Several smart commenters present sharp telelogical arguments as to why materialist monism is false. The two James Randi clones mock, scoff and essentially defame Beauregard and Schwarz along with anyone who dares consider the possibility of nonmaterial mind.

That's the playing field. For myself, I'd rather be mocked and know and my eyes are open.

red pill junkie's picture
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I needed that ;-)

It's not the depth of the rabbit hole that bugs me...
It's all the rabbit SH*T you stumble over on your way down!!!

Red Pill Junkie