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Single Idea 7892

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / E. Mind as Physical / 1. Physical Mind]

Full Idea

Without the completeness of physics, there is no compelling reason to identify the mind with the brain.

Gist of Idea

The completeness of physics is needed for mind-brain identity


David Papineau (Thinking about Consciousness [2002], App 7)

Book Reference

Papineau,David: 'Thinking about Consciousness' [OUP 2004], p.255

A Reaction

Papineau says the completeness of physics was accepted from the 1950s. Why were Epicurus and Hobbes physicalists? Do we have a circularity here? How do you establish the completeness of physics, without asserting mind to be physical?