Gilbert Ryle, Reconnecting Mind and Body

Just after World War II and near the halfway mark of the 20th century, philosopher Gilbert Ryle published The Concept of Mind, a book widely credited with ending the philosophical division between physical and mental realms of reality. Continue reading “Gilbert Ryle, Reconnecting Mind and Body”

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Does the Brain Create the Mind?

What we now call science used to be known as natural philosophy. Quantum physics continues to deserve the latter name. To understand why, read Paul Nunez, who is a physicist working in electroencephalography (EEG), a pioneering researcher in neurology, a student of higher-order mathematics, and by inclination and impact a philosopher as well.

We heard from Nunez earlier as he considered the limits of computing power with regard to moving between levels of organization in nature – physics, chemistry, biology, etc. – our 2nd proposed answer to the Free Will Problem. In his book titled Brain, Mind, and the Structure of Reality, Nunez also addresses questions such as consciousness, cosmology, and quantum physics in a manner similar to Roger Penrose, but with an extraordinary emphasis on the human brain as computational engine. Continue reading “Does the Brain Create the Mind?”

Rule #2. No Overarching Viewpoint

The toughest rule to follow in the search for GSOT and in philosophy is Rule #2 – The overarching viewpoint is not allowed.

To show how this rule works, let’s attempt to define truth as an accurate mental representation of reality. If true, the mental image, memory, or construct must correspond with whatever is really “out there.” This is called the correspondence theory of truth. It appeals to common sense, but we shall see how it fails because it reaches for an overarching viewpoint and violates the second rule. Continue reading “Rule #2. No Overarching Viewpoint”