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46 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 March 2008 01:59AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 17 March 2008 06:18:00AM 9 points [-]

Scott, I swapped "mysterian" for "anti-reductionist", since you're correct that the term "mysterian" has been used to refer specifically to those who think consciousness can't be explained.

However, if you google on, for example, "objections to materialism", the second google hit will turn up a page that includes a short list of "objections to materialism in general", of which the first is, verbatim:

(1) If materialism is correct, then even materialist philosophy is nothing other than the motion of matter. It can hardly be said to be "true" or to "explain" anything, then, for an explanation of something (seemingly) would be different from that which it claims to explain.

I really am not attacking a strawman here! If you already understand scientific reductionism, that's great. Not everyone does.