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October 25, 2008

Eliminative Materialism  =  Promissory Materialism

Of course, some claim that these concerns are quite premature, given the promissory nature of eliminative materialism.

So to aver that with further advances in the neurosciences, all mental phenomena, including self-awareness, would be shown to result from specific brain activity remains wishful thinking. This position has been termed promissory materialism by the philosopher of science Karl Popper.


The Religion of Scientism

Don Watson

Materialism holds a commanding position in science throughout the world today. The materialistic world-view has earned this position because it has been extremely fruitful for the scientific work of the last few centuries, not only in the physical sciences, but in biology, too. The “clock-work” model has created and reinforced the strong belief that, given enough time and money, materialistic science will eventually explain everything, including life and consciousness. The philosopher of science, Karl Popper, wryly characterized this belief as “promissory materialism.” Indeed, promissory materialism is a fundamental article of faith in Scientism.

 Evolution of the Brain: Creation of the Self (1989)

  • I maintain that the human mystery is incredibly demeaned by scientific reductionism, with its claim in promissory materialism to account eventually for all of the spiritual world in terms of patterns of neuronal activity. This belief must be classed as a superstition … we have to recognize that we are spiritual beings with souls existing in a spiritual world as well as material beings with bodies and brains existing in a material world.

It’s a Material World

Italian Science Fiction = Connettivismo


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