As the World Seems

Jul 23, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

We have heretofore confused the notion of the power with which the soul acts on the body with the power with which one body acts on another.

Descartes to Elizabeth, 21 May 1643

Julia and John are talking about the following article:
Brain wifi

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John

I must say, I really liked the conclusion of your piece 😉

Today 17:07   

Julia

Thanks! 😊                                                                                                  

Today 17:07

John

I had no clue that Brentano was an inspiration for both Gestalt psychology and phenomenology

Today 17:08   

Julia

Once you go looking for stuff like intentionality you can’t get around Brentano really

Today 17:08

John

Yeah, intentionality always seemed like a topic that was too technical

Today 17:09   

Julia

Do you think I explain it OK?  😊                                                             

Today 17:09

John

As far as I can see, yes, but I’m no philosopher. The way you link it consciousness works really well though

Today 17:10   

Julia

We seem to leave the thinking subject out of the equation when we just look at the brain

Today 17:11

John

Yeah, we can see the stimulus, the thing in the world that causes our impressions

Today 17:11  

Julia

and we can see the chain of effects it has on the brain                      

Today 17:12

John

but it seems like we don’t really look at the one doing the thinking, having the thoughts anymore.😏

Today 17:13   

Julia

Brentano helps a lot there, since he makes it clear it is precisely not the soul or spirit or whatever that is the problem

Today 17:14

John

Right, the whole “psychology without a soul” thing you quote

Today 17:14   

Julia

Yep: Lange’s History of Materialism from 1866.                                   

Today 17:15

John

Ha! You certainly know your stuff.😊

Today 17:15   

Julia

The main point is that phenomenology reminds us that it is not just objects affecting objects, the world affecting the brain

Today 17:16

Julia

but objects affecting subjects, the world appearing to a conscious mind.

Today 17:16

John

I still think that the last bit might be a bit abstract for a lot of readers, but as I said: I liked it! 😊

Today 17:17   

Julia

So you think the magazine will accept it?                                               

Today 17:18

John

I think so, but there will no doubt be some requests for changes and copyediting to deal with

Today 17:18   

Julia

Great! I look forward to how people will react to it! 😊                     

Today 17:20

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