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Daniel,

What Craig didn’t want his readers to appreciate in Question 13 “Subject: God and Mind/Body Dualism” was the advances that are being made on understand the “brain”. So, what he did was to use Stewart Goetz as a way of reassuring his public that the “mind” was more than complex biological processes within the brain itself. The danger, of course, is that the “unembodied immaterial mind” that KCA posits has the cognitive faculties, including that of memory, of a brick, both the material ones and the non-existent “immaterial” ones.

To put it bluntly, WLC has left you with an immaterial entity that can’t think, reason or remember.

Peter

Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:28:45 UTC | #853326

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Daniel,

Re: my comment 1546 to you.

“I see no reason why we should reject the materialistic philosophical understanding of the mind.” should read “I see no reason why we should not reject the materialistic philosophical understanding of the mind.” Apart from that, for the moment I’d would prefer to watch and wait.

Peter

Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:15:10 UTC | #851032

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Comment 1532 by Daniel Smith

To answer your last question to me first. When you can convince me that neurons, synapses and axons, for example, are also “immaterial”, I’ll be happy to accept that an “immaterial mind” is also possible. Furthermore, if we take into account the scientific understanding of mind, I see no reason why we should reject the materialistic philosophical understanding of the mind.

Understanding the relationship between the brain and the mind – mind-body problem is one of the central issues in the history of philosophy – is a challenging problem both philosophically and scientifically. There are three major philosophical schools of thought concerning the answer: dualism, materialism, and idealism. Dualism holds that the mind exists independently of the brain; materialism holds that mental phenomena are identical to neuronal phenomena; and idealism holds that only mental phenomena exist.

The most straightforward scientific evidence that there is a strong relationship between the physical brain matter and the mind is the impact physical alterations to the brain have on the mind, such as with traumatic brain injury and psychoactive drug use.

In addition to the philosophical questions, the relationship between mind and brain involves a number of scientific questions, including understanding the relationship between mental activity and brain activity, the exact mechanisms by which drugs influence cognition, and the neural correlates of consciousness.

Source: Mind, sub section Mind and Body.

Peter

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:02:49 UTC | #850574

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Daniel,

Congratulation and even though I don’t drink that much I’ll gladly toast the birth of your new child.

I have to admit that I’ve been trying to deal with too many concepts in far too shorter time while combining them with my work, which means that I lost the sense of north as we say here. So, my apologises to you and everybody else for my lack of direction. Anyway, I’ve been using the time between your last posting and these ones to see if I can again find north.

I’ll come back to you on the other points in your comment to me when I’ve had time to read through your new postings and at least some of the replies to them.

Peter

Sun, 17 Jul 2011 19:59:19 UTC | #850532

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Susan,

Try this link: Craig, William Lane & Sinclair, James D. “The Kalam Cosmological Argument” in The Blackwell Companion to Natural Theology, 2009.

Peter

Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:09:03 UTC | #849996

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