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Problems with Property Dualism

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Published on May 3, 2013

Why property dualism is a.) unparsimonious b.) unverifiable c.) ad hoc d.) inconsistent with free-will and e.) confuses mental substance with properties.

Dhorpatan's video, "To Deny Free Will, Requires Free Will!:" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbT5zu...

From Searl's Paper, "Why I Am Not A Property Dualist:"

"The chief problem for the property dualists, given these assumptions, is how can consciousness ever function causally? There are two possibilities, neither of which seems attractive. First, let us assume, as seems reasonable, that the physical universe is causally closed. It is closed in the sense that nothing outside it, nothing non-physical, could ever have causal effects inside the physical universe. If that is so, and consciousness is not a part of the physical universe, then it seems that it must be epiphenomenal. All of our conscious life plays no role whatever in any of our behaviour.
On the other hand, we may assume that the physical universe is not causally closed, that consciousness can function causally in the production of physical behaviour. But this seems to lead us out of the frying pan and into the fire, because we know, for example, that when I raise my arm, there is a story to be told at the level of neuron firings, neurotransmitters and muscle contractions that is entirely sufficient to account for the movement of my arm. So if we are to suppose that consciousness also functions in the movement of my arm, then it looks like we have two distinct causal stories, neither reducible to the other; and to put the matter very briefly, my bodily movements have too many causes. We have causal overdetermination." ~http://www.imprint.co.uk/pdf/searle-f...
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