Atheist Exile's Blog Posts Tagged 'consciousness' (4)

Emergent Properties of the Human Brain (continued)

In these discussions about self-determinism, some hard determinists dismissively parade opinion as fact. Their conviction trumps their rational integrity. We all need to be mindful that just about everything to do with free will and determinism is, thus far, a matter of opinion.



Almost 400 years ago, René Descartes claimed that, unlike the human body, the mind has no physical properties or spatial dimension: thus it can not be examined in the same way as the physical body. Today, we…

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Added by Atheist Exile on January 16, 2012 at 8:06am — No Comments

Three Conundrums of Free Will

Introduction:

I've grown disappointed with philosophers on the subject of free will. The great philosophers of the past knew nothing about the brain. Modern philosophers contradict each other. What I've been trying to do is to stick with the knowledge we have and avoid philosophical entanglements and conjecture as much as possible. However, certain philosophical conundrums must be addressed, such as: (1) the false dichotomy of free will versus causality; (2)…

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Added by Atheist Exile on December 17, 2011 at 12:30am — 8 Comments

The Brain, the Whole Brain and Nothing but the Brain

This blog post stems from another discussion (elsewhere) that segued into the topic of mind versus brain. In order to illustrate that the mind is more than just the brain, I described the following scenario . . .


What would it be like if you were born completely paralyzed, with a normal brain but without a sensory nervous system to deliver stimuli to your brain from your sensory organs? Would it be possible to think or to have memories? In what ways could you be considered… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on September 17, 2009 at 8:30pm — 33 Comments

The Origin of Consciousness and (Human) Intelligence

Considering that the universe is 13.7 billion years old, consciousness and intelligence are relatively new phenomena in the universe. The seeds of these phenomena were planted when life first arose, some 3.7 billion years ago. Life introduced animate beings into a universe that had previously had only inanimate objects.



Life also introduced motility to the universe. Motility is the ability to move in a self-directed way. Motility is probably the root cause of… Continue

Added by Atheist Exile on May 27, 2009 at 2:30am — No Comments

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