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Single Idea 3129

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 7. Anti-Physicalism / a. Physicalism critique]

Full Idea

In physicalism the "ghost in the machine" is merely replaced by the "complexity" in it.

Gist of Idea

Physicalism offers something called "complexity" instead of mental substance


Georges Rey (Contemporary Philosophy of Mind [1997], Int.2)

Book Reference

Rey,Georges: 'Contemporary Philosophy of Mind' [Blackwell 1997], p.6

A Reaction

This is nonsense. No one thinks that mere complexity generates consciousness. The assumption is that we would begin to understand the mind only if we could somehow map the connections of the brain.