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62 Post author: AllanCrossman 05 December 2009 10:50PM

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Comment author: Sebastian_Hagen 07 December 2009 05:23:26PM *  10 points [-]

In the 20th century, everyone knew that the mind was more than just the brain, since simple introspection could determine the existence of a consciousness inexplicable in simple material terms.

No, they didn't. Superficial research indicates that serious materialism goes back to at least the Enlightenment in the 18th century. And the 20th century? That's not even plausible.

Comment author: nwthomas 04 July 2011 06:18:23PM 0 points [-]

Good point, with the qualifier that many people (including professional philosophers) presently find themselves unable to wrap their heads around the idea that they have no non-material consciousness. The "argument from absurdity" against materialism is alive and kicking.