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Tangle
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Message 4 of 114 (738119)
10-05-2014 3:27 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Dr Adequate
10-04-2014 10:02 PM


As I've always understood it - as much or as little as I have - materialism is not a scientific issue but a philosophical one, more to do with whether we are merely bundled of atoms or whether we transcend matter because of consciousness.

It's difficult to describe a thought as 'matter', albeit it is a function of matter.


Life, don't talk to me about life - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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Message 94 of 114 (738387)
10-09-2014 5:55 PM


The default position is that there is no such thing as mind, just as there is no such thing as soul. 'Mind' is just a convenient summary of one of the functions af a human brain that we don't yet know much about. In the meantime, superstition fills the knowledge vacuum, as it always has.

The onus is therefore on those that believe that the mind is a seperate entity to the brain to show us - using more than just words - that it actually exists.


Life, don't talk to me about life - Marvin the Paranoid Android

"Science adjusts it's views based on what's observed.
Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved."
- Tim Minchin, in his beat poem, Storm.


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