Tuesday, November 18, 2008

More on Materialism and Consciousness

Denyse O'Leary posted A philosopher confronts the errors of debunkers at Mindful Hack. Denyse cites philosopher Neal Grossman's take on committed materialists who he refers to as fundamentalists. Grossman notes the position that an afterlife is such an extraordinary claim that almost any other explanation is preferable. However, he points out this view is not shared by most people for whom an afterlife is entirely credible.

The last paragraph's promissory note-like approach to consciousness reminds me of similar approaches to origin of life issues. The materialist approach to the afterlife conjures up another well worn phrase usually flung by materialists namely, the argument from personal incredulity. If personal incredulity is a factor how can materialists objectively assess the case for mind/brain duality?

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