[Wittrs] Re: Dualism Cooties: Ontologically Basic Ambiguity

  • From: Gordon Swobe <gts_2000@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 17:05:04 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Sat, 3/20/10, Joseph Polanik <wittrsamr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> suppose scientists come up with a complete description of
> how the brain produces consciousness; and, that everyone is satisfied
> that this description is a causal explanation.
> do we *know* that this causal explanation will count as a
> causal reduction; and, if so, how?

I think we will develop a causal explanation of consciousness in the same way 
that we develop any other scientific theory.

> looking forward to the day that this explanation is first
> announced, I can easily imagine pondering my response. do I say "now I
> know what I am reduced to" or do I say "now I know what I have emerged
> from"?

Seems to me that either statement will suffice, but I note you've added another 
dimension by adding personal identity -- a related but different problem. 



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