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Saturday, January 5, 2013

How is it that so many philosophers and cognitive scientists can say so many things that, to me at least, seem obviously false? I believe one of the unstated assumptions behind the current batch of views is that they represent the only acceptable alternatives to the belief in the immortality of the soul, spiritualism and so on. Acceptance of the current views is motivated not so much by an independent conviction of their truth as by a terror of what are apparently the only alternatives. That is, the choice we are tacitly presented with is between a “scientific” approach, as represented by one or another of the current version of “materialism,” and an “unscientific” approach, as represented by Cartesianism or some other traditional religious concept of the mind.”
John Searle in “The Rediscovery of the Mind”

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