Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rebuttal To Article Brain Scanners See Your Decisions Before You Make Them

Brain scanners can see your decisions before to make them

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2008/04/mind_decision

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/08/18/BANFRK1TG.DTL<


Response From Titus Rivas:The only thing that can be demonstrated by this type of evidence is that there is some brain mechanism involved to facilitate consciousness during our incarnated existence. This does not at all mean the contents of consciousness are themselves caused by the brain mechanism. In other words, the evidence can be perfectly interpreted in terms of the transmitter-receiver hypothesis.

One of the main responses seems to me that there is an interaction of brain and mind, so that the role of the brain does not exclude a separate role of the mind. Anyway, epiphenomenalism is logically untenable as I showed with Hein van Dongen in our Exit Epiphenomenalism: http://www.geocities.com/athanasiafoundation/epiphenomenalism.html

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