I need some help here

Discussion in 'Consciousness & Science' started by jerbear_13, Jan 31, 2018.

  1. jerbear_13

    jerbear_13 We behold what we are, and we are what we behold Member

    Dec 30, 2017
    Soo, I did a thing. I fell back down the materialist rabbit hole and MAN are those people some vicious and bleak souls. My question is: why do materialists say that they KNOW conciousness is a product of the brain and our biology? We haven’t really figured that out have we?
  2. David Bailey

    David Bailey Administrator

    Oct 31, 2013
    I think the answer is that they feel that because we know how individual particles (such as electrons) interact, then they 'know' how human brains work!

    That form of knowing isn't much good in practice, because the equations become more and more complicated as you add more particles, and so even the equations for small molecules can only be solved imprecisely.

    However, they are also extrapolating massively. There are approximately 10^23 molecule in one gram mole of matter, so it is a huge assumption that what works with one or two particles may not work in human brains! Not all physicists think this way, see for example the work of Henry Stapp.

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