The Mysterious Flame: Conscious Minds in a Material World

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4
Mind Space

FOUND IN SPACE

Dualism is inspired by the thought that the mind is something set apart from the ordinary world of material objects in space. The brain is a three-dimensional object occupying a specific region of space, but the mind seems not to be spatially defined in this way. How then could the mind be the brain? This line of thinking springs from a compelling perception: that space and consciousness sit oddly together. In this chapter I investigate the relationship between consciousness and space, taking seriously the perception from which dualism springs, but rejecting the dualistic theory of the mind- brain connection.

Our world is a spatial world.1 We are born into space, we live our lives in space, and we die in space. Space is the medium in which we must act and have our being. The human

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface xi
  • 1 - Consciousness -- Still Unexplained After All These Years 1
  • 2 - Natural Mysteries And Biased Minds 31
  • 3 - God, the Soul, And Parallel Universes 77
  • 4 - Mind Space 105
  • 5 - Secrets of the Self1 139
  • 6 - Could a Robot Get the Blues? 175
  • 7 - The Unbearable Heaviness Of Philosophy 205
  • Notes 233
  • Index 237
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