Beyond the Bullshit of Dualisms
Joe Brewer

In Defense of Dualism

It is always nice to see such vigor in Medium posts, and it is a noble goal to strive for connection. I have a worry about your argument, though.

You seem to endorse the thesis that the mind is just the brain. That means the only components of the mind are physical matter and energy. But this doesn’t seem quite right. If a neurosurgeon cuts open my skull, he won’t find any sentences in my brain matter! They’re immaterial.

It seems that we need another component to explain these bizarre, immaterial things. Call it mind. Whatever this mind is, it is heavily influenced by but not reducible to the brain.

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