Brian Killian wrote:
…elementary particles do not behave like matter.
That really is the question isn't it?
Not "what is mind?"; but "what is matter?"
Other questions that readily spring to mind are:
What is Energy?
What is Space?
What is Time?
What is Causation?
It never ceases to amaze me that materialists seem to think that these are any less mysterious than Mind, Consciousness, Reason, or Value. The latter set of phenomena is experientially accessible to us directly (Cogito ergo sum and all that). But the former are not, as such, so directly experienced as our own mental states.
Indeed, it is arguably that lack of experiential immediacy with regard to physical stuff which is one central motive for doing physical science.
But, as I've asked before, why hold that mindstuff is more mysterious than matterstuff?
It strikes me that our conscious mental lives are the most obvious, matter-of-fact, taken-for-granted, intuitively indubitably self-evident realities there are; and that it's things like curved spacetime, energy fields, quarks, and suchlike that are the really 'mysterious' things.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
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