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Mindmelding: Consciousness, Neuroscience, and the Mind's Privacy

William Hirstein

Abstract

Can consciousness and the human mind be understood and explained in sheerly physical terms? Materialism is a philosophical/scientific theory, according to which the mind is completely physical. This theory has been around for literally thousands of years, but it was always stymied by its inability to explain how exactly mere matter could do the amazing things the mind can do. Beginning in the 1980s, however, a revolution began quietly boiling away in the neurosciences, yielding increasingly detailed theories about how the brain might accomplish consciousness. Nevertheless, a fundamental obstac ... More

Keywords: consciousness, human mind, physical terms, materialism, conscious state, mind, mindmelding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199231904
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231904.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Hirstein, author
Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Elmhurst College, USA