responses to the indivisibility argument

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  • RESPONSES TO THE INDIVISIBILITY ARGUMENT
    • THE MENTAL IS DIVISIBLE
      • NEUROSCIENCE
        • LOCALISED FUNCTIONS
          • CLIVE WEARING
            • extreme amnesia patient
              • has no short-term memory but still retains his long-term memory
                • suggests it's therefore divisible
        • SPLIT BRAIN PATIENTS
          • treated for epilepsy
            • two distinct consciousnesses occupying the same skull
              • suggests a divided mind
      • HUME
        • when introspecting, only aware of a series of conscious experiences
          • no single thing which is having these experiences
            • unlinked instance
        • we're not aware of the thing having the experiences (mind)
          • mind isn't a singular entity but a multiplicity of experiences
            • therefore it's divisible
      • BUDDHISTS
        • nothing is a singular owner of our experiences
        • self is an illusion
    • NOT EVERYTHING THOUGHT OF AS PHYSICAL IS DIVISIBLE
      • humans talk about states which don't make sense to divide but are physical
        • being too hot, wet and running are all physical but non sense talking about dividing them
      • it may make no sense to talk about dividing the mind but this doesn't then means its a special kind of indivisible stuff
        • could it be that divisibility doesn't apply to self?
      • RYLE
        • Ryle claims that Descartes hasn't recognised that mind isn't a thing or substance at all
          • mind is a term used to talk about our behaviour
        • seems senseless talking about dividing the mind such as it seems senseless talking about dividing our actions such as running
        • mind is a term used to talk about our behaviour
        • mind isn't a thing and has no extension
          • therefore the application of Leibniz's law seen invalid as Descartes compares two completely different things
            • like comparing a horse and a human - there would be many properties that the other lacks
    • what our imagination finds impossible isn't always a good representation what's actually possible
    • can't imagine myself having two separate operating consciouses doesn't mean it can't happen
      • split brain patients have two streams of consciousness
  • the brain is split into different localised functions
    • LOCALISED FUNCTIONS
      • CLIVE WEARING
        • extreme amnesia patient
          • has no short-term memory but still retains his long-term memory
            • suggests it's therefore divisible
    • i.e. hypothalamus is associated with internal environment control (temp.)
  • just a stream or conscious experiences
    • nothing is a singular owner of our experiences
  • selfish
    • self is an illusion

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