Re: [pcp-discuss:] Re: Informational dualism

From: Cliff Joslyn (
Date: Wed Jun 07 2000 - 19:02:05 BST

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    >Hmmm. Maybe I misunderstood again if you say introspection measures something

    I don't require the referrent of a measurement process to be "real".
    Agnosticism about reality is very helpful here.

    >If introspection produces a spiritual vision, do we then say that it
    >measured a real spirit?

    I'm saying that psychological phenomenology is a perfectly valid basis to
    develop a scientific theory, requiring empiricism, rationality
    (consistency), coherence, etc. Why wouldn't it be? No claims necessarily
    need be advanced about reduction to physical or brain states, but if they
    are available, they would be preferable (coherence).

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