Friday Roundup (belated)

“The scientific NDE [Near Death Experience] studies performed over the past decades indicate that heightened mental functions can be experienced independently of the body at a time when brain activity is greatly impaired or seemingly absent (such as during cardiac arrest). Some of these studies demonstrate that blind people can have veridical perceptions during OBEs [Outside Body Experiences] associated with an NDE. Other investigations show that NDEs often result in deep psychological and spiritual changes.”

“NDE studies also suggest that after physical death, mind and consciousness may continue in a transcendent level of reality that normally is not accessible to our senses and awareness. Needless to say, this view is utterly incompatible with the belief of many materialists that the material world is the only reality.”
  • And an interesting book from the same author…
  • Pretty amazing when those who believe morality is just “taste” and subjective preference are fairly confident they know what “moral” means for others and that others “should” (ought) be moral…logic much?
  • A member of the 1% I guess…
  • And another
  • And another

“Thus, the study on habit done by Ravaisson offers a phenomenologic-metaphysical answer to the so-called hard problem of philosophy of mind…”

“We have given a brief survey of the variety of solutions to the mind-body problem that have been mulled over in the past. The problem still has no universally accepted solution. It is possible that modern brain science may make some progress in delineating how consciousness arises in the brain, and thereby will lead to further understanding. It is uncertain that such progress will ultimately lead to a solution to the mind-body problem.”

Who knew the 1% was so large?

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2 Responses to Friday Roundup (belated)

  1. Burk says:


    I was intrigued by your last link. I think it is an entirely materialistic/naturalistic proposal & treatment of the issue, in case you were wondering.


  2. Darrell says:


    That could very well be that case. My point however was just this:

    “An old philosophical problem, the mind-body problem, has not been yet solved by philosophers or scientists. Even if in cognitive neuroscience has been a stunning development in the last 20 years, the mind-body problem remained unsolved. Even if the majority of researchers in this domain accept the identity theory from an ontological viewpoint, many of them reject this position from an epistemological viewpoint.”

    Which is to note the problem remains unsolved and the identity theory (materialist) is hardly monolithic or without qualifications.


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