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Idealism/materialism

September 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Two comments on: http://darwiniana.com/2011/09/09/disembodied-minds/

Richard said,

September 9, 2011 at 12:22 pm · “Allow me to go even further: science should be grounded in materialist philosophy, because idealist philosophy is necessarily unscientific.”

…or you could just mutter to yourself…call both materialists and idealists “idiots” and climb up on the “transcendental idealist” fence so you can throw rocks at both sides.

Richard said,

September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm · I also find it odd that these folks think we have arrived at some Platonic definition of “material/physical” phenomena. The shifting foundations of physics should’ve cautioned against this and strongly suggested that these ideas are “representations” themselves.

I think that while idealist thinking tends to get into confusion, the straight materialist dogma is incoherent, and unnecessary for doing science.
You put it right: climb on the transcendental idealism fence. The latter is a useful way to straddle materialism and idealism. The problem here is that, for example, the ‘ideas’ of science are not material. Part of the problem is the obsessive dualism that makes people chose false alternatives.
We should take up this subject again this week.

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