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Philosophy of Mind

Philosophy of mind is the branch of philosophy that studies the nature of the mind, mental events, mental functions, mental properties and consciousness and their relationship to the physical body. The mind-body problem, namely, the question of how the mind relates to the body, is commonly seen as the central issue in philosophy of mind, although there are other issues concerning the nature of the mind that do not involve its relation to the physical body.”

Source: New World Encyclopedia

Please read any of the items listed below to find out more about the results of my studies in this facinating field!

Note that the series of blog posts regarding Professor Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts are best read in sequence!

Conscious Reflections

It occurred to me that for those who may have gotten lost, stymied, confused, etc., by my series of posts ...

Introducing Dr. Alva Noe

Dr. Alva Noe is a philosopher at the University of Berkeley in California. Alva is also a noted author whose ...

A Noteworthy Project

The question, “What is consciousness” remains at the top of a list of the 12 or so most important scientific ...

Getting a Grip On Reality

[Note: I wrote this paper in 2017 as the final assignment in my "Intro to Philosophy of Mind" class. It ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 1: A Shaky Foundation for Neuroscience

Professor Alva Noe lays out his challenge to those of us seeking an answer to the question, "What is consciousness?" ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 2: Thanks for Nothing, Descartes!

Why do neuroscientists insist on sticking with a theory of consciousness that is based on an error? I think we ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 3: Looking Into Your Head!

This post continues the discussion I began in “Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 2.” This discussion has to do with Alva’s ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 4: Neural Plasticity

Here, Professor Noe takes us into a deep dive of something called "neural plasticity." This post continues the discussion I ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 5: Perception, “Can I Believe My Lying Eyes?”

Every student of the philosophy of mind must at some point, preferably early on in their studies, come face-to-face with ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 6: Perception, “The Grand Illusion Isn’t Real. Oh, Surprise!”

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 7: The Door to Perception

PLEASE NOTE: I lied. Sorry. I was sure I could complete Alva Noe’s discussion of the Grand Illusion in one ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 8: Out of Your Head

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our ...

Alva Noe’s Philosophical Concepts 9: Virtual Reality, Dreams, and Conclusion

The following discussion is based on information that can be found fully described in Alva Noe’s book, Out of Our ...

Book Review: “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Logic of Consciousness”

[Please read Dr. Thomas’ first book, “Hidden in Plain Sight: The Physics of Consciousness” before reading this book, if at ...

Rethinking Dualism

I sometimes feel that my brain is a sieve. So much of the material I read just passes through my ...

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