06-13-2012, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by robbiehouston
Neuroscience and the soul
This article claims that materialist neuroscience is making great strides in showing that there is no "ghost in the machine."
Any takes on this.
It says a bit more than that. The philosophical arguments here are far from new. What is new, relatively speaking, is physicalism. To be sure, there were ideologies in the past (Lucretian atomism, for instance) that were similar to physicalism but physicalism is very much a 20th century position, so traditional monotheistic conceptions of the soul were not physicalist - for instance, Christianity especially emphasises the resurrection of the body.
However, the authors are very interesting and have a great deal of interest to say but the article says little that is new and not terribly interesting to people who have been taking a strong interest in the area.
And I don't know what "materialist neuroscience" means. Is this opposed to, say, Vedantic idealist neuroscience? Or dialectical chemistry?