Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Of Question Begging

Assertions that thoughts are totally reducible to the squeezings of a brain are the question begging ones. For they are palpably self-refuting. There is no basis for the assertion otherwise than said brain, and truth collapses.

But keep on partying like it's 1889 eliminitavists...knock yourselves out.


Anonymous said...

I don't understand. Are saying it's *not possible* that evolution stranded us with a bunch of cognitive kluges?

G-Pack said...

I've often wondered what would happen if you took a brain scan of a neuroscientist taking a brain scan of a subject while claiming that all of said subject's subjectivity is really what shows up on the brain-scan monitor.

Callan S. said...

There's no basis for the claim except to state "there's a brain"?

Essentially that's true. Not sure how it's self refuting though, unless you already take it as true that the thoughts saying "there's a brain" are outside the squeezings of a brain.