Wednesday, February 01, 2012

the horse in my head is there to be found

Slowly but surely, the deconstruction of the substance dualist myth proceeds apace. Science continues to provide evidence of the tight linkage between mind and brain: the mind is what the brain does. It's becoming increasingly difficult for substance dualists to hide behind the lame "when I picture a horse, there's no horse in my head" argument (see here, here, here, and here), especially when science can do this:

Brain activity decoded to play back heard words.

This evidence will, of course, be ignored by the dualists, who have trained themselves to see such evidence as no evidence at all. Meanwhile, it's becoming obvious to the rest of us that the ancient idea that the mind is readable has merit. Specific brain activity can indeed be associated with specific thoughts.


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