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Single Idea 2954

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 3. Eliminativism]

Full Idea

A favourite example of identity theorists is the identification of flashes of lightning with electrical discharges.

Gist of Idea

Identity theory likes the identity of lightning and electrical discharges


Michael Lockwood (Mind, Brain and the Quantum [1989], p.71)

Book Reference

Lockwood,Michael: 'Mind,Brain and the Quantum:The Compound 'I'' [Blackwell 1991], p.71

A Reaction

Personally I prefer the analogy of the mind being like a waterfall - a non-mysterious physical process which has dramatic properties of its own. If minds must keep busy in order to be minds, they must be processes.