Evan Fales: Deepak Chopra’s $1M Prize is a Publicity Stunt

(This is a guest post by Evan Fales about Deepak Chopra's recent challenge to the new atheists.)This is a publicity stunt.  He's smart enough to have picked what may be the biggest unsolved puzzle for naturalism.  At the same time, his challenge is seriously vague in its wording.  What exactly does he mean by 'biological basis'?  Would an invariant neurological correlate of a mental event-type do?  A neurological cause?  Does he need identity?  Supervenience?  What counts as a “valid” scienti … [Read more...]

New Paper by Taner Edis: “Beyond Physics”

From Taner Edis:I have been working, on and off, on a paper with Maarten Boudry concerning physicalism and the prospects of detecting nonphysical agents.Well, it’s been published, and I thought others on the list might want to take a look, since it concerns supernatural agency and design arguments but approaches these questions from an unusual perspective.Springer is making an e-offprint available for four weeks. Grab it if you like. … [Read more...]

John Danaher’s Blog Series on Mind-Body Physicalism

Overview:Part 1: The Argument from Past Explanatory SuccessPart 2: Hempel's DilemmaPart 3: The Knowledge ArgumentPart 4: Absent and Inverted Qualia … [Read more...]


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