How we can know mental states are real?

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Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor did a recent podcast with Arjuna Das at Theology Unleashed, “where Eastern theology meets Western skepticism.” In this section, they talk about how we can know that the mind is real and how materialist philosophy has just plain gone bad: Here is a partial transcript and notes for the twenty to thirty-one … Read more

How Informational Realism Subverts Materialism

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News July 26, 2021 Information Theory, Philosophy, Science Within informational realism, what defines things is their capacity for communicating or exchanging information with other things News July 26, 2021 Information Theory, Philosophy, Science William Dembski Here are some brief excerpts from design theorist William Dembski’s chapter in a forthcoming book on informational realism: To see … Read more

Our Scientific Salvation Will Be The Death Of Us

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Originally published at Patheos “The truly insane man is the perfectly rational man.” So says G.K. Chesterton. This saying is very counter intuitive today. The perfectly rational man is the ideal scientist, the man who knows reality in precise quantitative terms, the best kind of knowledge we have. Such scientific knowledge promises the secret of … Read more

Why Neurosurgeon Mike Egnor Stopped Being a Materialist Atheist

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Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor did another podcast with Arjuna Das at Theology Unleashed, “where Eastern theology meets Western skepticism.” Among other things, Egnor talked about why he ceased to be an atheist as he learned more about science and its dependence on mathematics, which is not a material thing. A partial transcript follows, taking us down … Read more

Will We Soon Be Able to Test Theories of Consciousness?

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Science journalist and author Anil Ananthaswamy has written a thoughtful piece at New Scientist on the leading models of consciousness and their relationship to quantum mechanics (quantum physics). Are we reaching the point where we can test at least one of them? Ananthaswamy is well qualified to assess the arguments. He is the author of … Read more

Science Journalist: No Hype. Consciousness Is a HARD Problem!

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British science journalist Michael Hanlon (1964–2016), co-author with Tracey Brown of In the Interests of Safety (2014), had some sobering things to say about the trivial pursuit of an easy theory of consciousness. Considering materialist philosopher Daniel Dennett and less materialist philosopher David Chalmers (who coined the term the “Hard Problem of Consciousness”), he reflects, … Read more