Chapter 6 : The Mind-Body Problem

Section 6: Conclusion

So with the Mind Body Problem there are three Positions and several variations on each of them.

 1. Dualism

2. Monism: Idealism

3. Monism: Materialism

Each has a certain appeal and each has weak points, problems and disadvantages.  There are those who believe that they have solved the problem and that their position is far better than the alternatives .  They have their reasons for maintaining the position that they do in the light of criticisms.  The "Problem" does not as yet have such a clear solution that there is anything like a consensus amongst all the peoples of the world existing or even one forming.   

For Philosophers and Scientists there is the rejection of dualism and idealism and the remaining challenges for the materialists would relate to an explanation of CONSCIOUSNESS and INTENTIONALITY

NEEDED:  an explanation of CONSCIOUSNESS and INTENTIONALITY

How is it that humans have consciousness, intentionalityŚchoosing options, making goals?

Is it possible that non-human machines could have consciousness, intentionalityŚchoosing options, making goals?

When we think of this problem can we avoid being a   specie ist!!

Is it possible that there could emerge a form of consciousness from advanced super intelligent machines?

Artificial general intelligent machines?

What is your position?  Do you have a mind?  Is it physical?  Is it non-physical? Spiritual? Are you just a physical being?  Will there be thinking robots some day who are entitled to basic rights as any other thinking being? What position can you best defend using reasoning and evidence?

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