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[catalogued under 18. Thought / A. Modes of Thought / 4. Folk Psychology]

Full Idea

Commonsense psychology is a powerful explanatory theory, and largely correct, but it seems to be profoundly dualist, and treats minds as immaterial spirits which can transmigrate and exist disembodied.

Gist of Idea

Folk psychology is ridiculously dualist in its assumptions


Gabriel M.A. Segal (A Slim Book about Narrow Content [2000], 2.2)

Book Reference

Segal,Gabriel M.A.: 'A Slim Book about Narrow Content' [MIT 2000], p.37

A Reaction

Fans of folk psychology tend to focus on central normal experience, but folk psychology also seems to range from quirky to barking mad. A 'premonition' is a widely accepted mental event.