November 14th, 2012, 12:33 AM
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow
Re: the Williams interview where he explains materialism, dualism and panpsychism and compares which fits the psi data the best.
This is just a thought I'm throwing out there, but when I think of the separate field of NDE research, I don't see a problem with dualism - at a perhaps very naive-immediate level, it certainly seems to fit many NDErs' accounts for one thing.
Here's my main point (again concerning NDEs, not psi), Williams says it's up to dualists to come up with an explanation for how body and mind interact and that they have a dilemma there.
I often think that, irrespective of how body and mind interact when minds are "embodied" (or souls incarnated if you will), once the "mind" (soul, whatever) leaves the body (at death), it might be foolish to think about any "interactive mechanism". Maybe it's a spiritual thing that doesn't have anything to do with physics, classical or quantum, of a realm/dimension/whatever you want to call it that we will never be to access knowledge-wise.
I'm sure this thought isn't original but I thought I'd mention it since it often occupies my mind when we start thinking about the nature of consciousness.