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Date Posted: 08:13
Author: ketch
Subject: Re: No Brain = No Mind
In reply to: Eponymous 's message, "Re: No Brain = No Mind" on 08:12

The problem seems to lie with your second point.

Thus, if mind is independent from the material brain, at least some sort of experience should obtain independent of the brain's neural activity.


It is not that this statement is not logical, or that it is wrong, but that it seems to be impossible to disprove. In short, in order for someone to report experience, they must be alive with a functioning brain. As such it can always be suggested that anything they experienced was a result of neural activity.

NDE's or OBE's (out of body experiences) are probably the nearest it is possible to get, and they can always be explained by brain activity. Reports of people remaining conscious while under anaesthetic are not unknown, but can easily be dismissed as improper functioning of the anaesthetic.

Any supposed contact with the dead can also be explained away quite easily.

Can you suggest any means by which the supposed dependence of awareness on neural activity could ever be disproved?

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