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Single Idea 2405

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / D. Property Dualism / 4. Emergentism]

Full Idea

It remains plausible that consciousness arises from a physical basis, even though it is not entailed by that basis.


Which would make consciousness 'emergent'

Gist of Idea

Perhaps consciousness is physically based, but not logically required by that base


David J.Chalmers (The Conscious Mind [1996], 2.4.1)

Book Reference

Chalmers,David J.: 'The Conscious Mind' [OUP 1997], p.125

A Reaction

Personally I find this totally implausible. Since every other property or process in the known universe seems to be entailed by its physical basis, I don't expect the mind to be an exception.