Re: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?

From: Austerberry, Charles <>
Date: Tue Mar 17 2009 - 09:08:14 EDT is a very readable overview by Ted
Peters on the spectrum of views regarding the human soul.



Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 04:46:14 -0400
From: Schwarzwald <>
Subject: Re: [asa] scientific fact vs. ideology?

I'm pretty sure C. S. Lewis was aware of the great scientific discovery
that is 'drinking booze has a noticeable effect on subjective experience
and reasoning.' More often, the scientifically inclined just don't know
enough philosophy on the point.

Moreover, the idea that dualists of all varieties (or even most) don't
see the brain as necessary for many/most mental operations doesn't ring
true. Hylemorphic dualists would emphatically disagree. As would, I
believe, very many dualists of cartesian, property, emergentist, and
other varieties. A functioning brain could be a necessary but not
sufficient requirement for thought, and 'the classical physical can do
it all!' position is fraught with problems, some of which make the "but
what about alcohol?" objection pale in comparison.

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