This is a new thread to continue an off-shoot in a thread dealing with Pontius Pilate. http://forums.catholic.com/showthrea...45#post9389745
NonServiam suggested that because we have not observed consciousness without a brain, it is indicated that consciousness can only exist with a brain.
Originally Posted by NonServiam
No. It's not merely that we haven't yet observed a consciousness without a brain. It's that:
-- we have tons of evidence indicating that influencing the brain influences consciousness, which strongly implies that consciousness is an emergent property of brains
-- we not only have no knowledge of any mechanism by which a "non-physical mind" (whatever that means) may interact with a physical brain, any such mechanism would violate what we understand about the natural world
It's not ironclad "proof" of any kind, but the evidence that we have definitely points in a direction: that consciousness -- however it works exactly -- is the product of brains.
Unless and until some convincing evidence comes along to demonstrate otherwise, that's the only conclusion that we're justified in accepting.
My question (not yet answered) is: And what is the evidence of consciousness? And does evidence of consciousness only exist where we find brains?