A thought experiment on the reduction of mind to brain, of thinking to neurochemistry, from Douglas Axe, Undeniable: How Biology Confirms Our Intuition That Life is Designed (New York: HarperOne, 2016):
Imagine yourself seated inside a brain-imaging laboratory surrounded by complicated equipment, some of which is connected to you by means of wired probes stuck to your scalp and forehead. You are fully conscious, not alarmed in the least by your surroundings, in no need of sedation (we can do this in a thought experiment). In fact, you are calmly conversing with the brain scientist standing before you in his white lab coat. You were thoroughly intimidated by him when you were escorted into the lab, but the conversation soon took such an amusing turn that all intimidation vanished.
“I’m still trying to pinpoint exactly what you mean when you say two,” he says with more than a hint of frustration.
“I keep telling you what I mean. Two is the next whole number after one — one more than one.”
“Which is one more than none.”
Do you see the problem? The meaning we attach to these words is nowhere to be found in a person’s brain, or in any other physical location, for that matter.
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