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the philosophical theory that regards matter and its motions as constituting the universe, and all phenomena, including those of mind, as due to material agencies.
preoccupation with or emphasis on material objects, comforts, and considerations, with a disinterest in or rejection of spiritual, intellectual, or cultural values.
In philosophy, the theory of materialism holds that all things are composed of material, and that all emergent phenomena (including consciousness) are the result of material properties and interactions. In other words, the theory claims that our reality consists entirely of physical matter that is the sole cause of every possible occurrence, including human thought, feeling, and action.
Materialism is typically considered to be closely related to physicalism; although, to some philosophers, materialism is synonymous with physicalism.
Contrasting philosophies include idealism and other forms of monism, dualism, and pluralism. (Source)
There's only 2 things that give these things existence, the mind and mathematics.
The most astounding phenomenon we know is non-materialistic, eh? Go figure.
Outstanding job of arguing my point and demonstrating yours.
That's quite the magical powers you have there. At least you don't have to take responsibility for yourself. Let your consciousness do the work and the heavy lifting.
How much does consciousness weigh again? What "material" does it consist of? Ghost in the machine. Of course material things exist too, so your argument isn't very coherent. Try to type a message on your computer (that was created by consciousness, btw) without your non-material consciousness.
...your ghost in the machine analogy is the weakest analogy I may have ever come across. Name one ghost in any single machine that has ever existed, and it might make sense.
Sir John Carew Eccles, AC FRS FRACP FRSNZ FAAS (27 January 1903 – 2 May 1997) was an Australian neurophysiologist who won the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synapse…Eccles was key to a number of important developments in neuroscience.
The materialist critics argue that insuperable difficulties are encountered by the hypothesis that immaterial mental events can act in any way on material structures such as neurons. Such a presumed action is alleged to be incompatible with the conservation laws of physics, in particular of the first law of thermodynamics. This objection would certainly be sustained by nineteenth century physicists, and by neuroscientists and philosophers who are still ideologically in the physics of the nineteenth century, not recognizing the revolution wrought by quantum physicists in the twentieth century.
“We regard promissory materialism as superstition without a rational foundation. The more we discover about the brain, the more clearly do we distinguish between the brain events and the mental phenomena, and the more wonderful do both the brain events and the mental phenomena become. Promissory materialism is simply a religious belief held by dogmatic materialists . . . who often confuse their religion with their science.”
― John C. Eccles, The Wonder of Being Human: Our Brain and Our Mind