[LINK] electromagnetic fields effect brain activity
ivan at itrundle.com
Thu Jan 11 10:45:14 AEDT 2007
On 11/01/2007, at 10:21 AM, Stewart Fist wrote:
> The problem here is the old one of causality. Surely, unless you
> the 'mind' is something non-physical -- eg a soul -- then it is the
> that effects the mental state, rather than the other way around.
You're an epiphenomenalist, then... (said in the nicest possible way)
Not wishing to embark on a philosophical discourse as to the
composition of the mind (dualism, monism, functionalism, non-
reductive physicality, etc), I'm of the view that since the mind is
capable of constructing thoughts, feelings and emotions independently
from the body (not in a literal sense), then both can occur. I think
that the jury is out on where the soul lives.
But I defer to Plato, Descartes, Aristotle, Jackson, et al in this.
They seem to have grappled with this in more depth that I ever
managed at uni.
For those with an interest in this area, I can recommend a well-
written wikipedia topic:
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