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If Consciousness Were a Noun…

Reading Time: < 1 minute If consciousness were a noun, your mind would be frozen. You’d be a vegetable. Discuss. Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher You can also buy me a cuppa. Or buy some of my awesome ATP merchandise! Please… It justifies me continuing to do this!

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The Argument from Reason Boils down to an Argument from Intentionality or Consciousness

Reading Time: 9 minutes As I stated in order to introduce the Argument from Reason in my first post in this series (concerning doxastic voluntarism): CS Lewis fashioned the Argument from Reason and it has since been taken on by Christian philosophers and apologists such as Alvin Plantinga (in the form of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism – EAAN) […]

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“Consciousness Cannot Have Evolved”

Reading Time: 8 minutes Bernard Kastrup, at iai, recently wrote an article setting out that consciousness, as far as strict materialists are concerned, cannot have evolved: The overwhelmingly validated theory of evolution tells us that the functions performed by our organs arose from associated increases in survival fitness. For instance, the bile produced by our liver and the insulin […]

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Life as an Emergent Property, and Rocks

Reading Time: 4 minutes Abiogenesis and wondering how life started for the very first time here on Earth, is endlessly fascinating. Believers prefer to plug the hole of ignorance with the ever-useful GodPutty™. GodPutty™ plugs any holes in a way that leaves you never wanting for answers again. It’s the perfect antidote for scientific curiosity and inquiry. Believers sit […]

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Computers, Brains and Accountability–Revisited

Reading Time: 6 minutes The recent discussions here about free will reminded me that I wrote an article a long time ago on the subject. In fact, it was the very first article I published here on November 30, 2015. I just read it, and I don’t need to change anything. I spent a good part of my working […]

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Qualia Are Physical Qualities…

Reading Time: 4 minutes   Qualia – what are they? Qualia (sing. quale) are subjective experiences, in simple terms. Whether it be looking and experience a colour, such as having the subjective experience of redness, or any other such experiential event. These are qualities of ‘phenomenal character’. There are other, more restrictive definitions which are worth looking into and […]

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My Glasses, Perception and Consciousness

Reading Time: 2 minutes The other day, I had to get my glasses reglazed and it meant that I was walking around town for about an hour without my glasses. I have worn glasses since I was four years old. I am now considerably older and have grown rather accustomed to wearing my glasses because I am exceptionally long-sighted. […]