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The physical foundations of biology and the problems of psychophysics

  • Full applicability of physics to human biology does not necessarily imply that one can uncover a comprehensive, algorithmic correlation between physical brain states and corresponding mental states. The argument takes into account that information processing is finite in principle in a finite world. Presumbly the brain-mind-relation cannot be resolved in all essential aspects, particularly when high degrees of abstraction or self-analytical processes are involved. Our conjecture plausibly unifies the universal validity of physics and a logical limitation of human thought, and it does not regard consciousness -the most basic human experience - as a marginal phenomenon. ++++ RATIO appeared up to 1987 in both a German and an English version. The German title of this article: Alfred Gierer, Der physikalische Grundlegungsversuch in der Biologie und das psychophysische Problem. RATIO XII, Heft 1, 1970, S. 40-54.

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Author:Alfred Gierer
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2008/07/08
Release Date:2008/07/08
Tag:Feigl; brain; cognition; consciousness; decodability; finitistic; mind; undecidability
Source:Ratio : an international journal of analytic philosophy ; 1 (12), 47-64
Institutes:BBAW / Veröffentlichungen von Akademiemitgliedern
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie