Why intellect is imaterial?


#1

To me intellect is related to complexity of brain so it is material.


#2

It is related to the brain. But it is not reduced to the brain.


#3

What do you mean with “it is not reduced to the brain”?


#4

Can you point to a scientific study where, simply by viewing someone’s brain, that person’s level if intelligence could be deduced?


#5

How about this study:

Wickett et al state:

“There is no longer any doubt that a larger brain predicts greater intelligence. Several research teams, using differing scan protocols, populations, and cognitive measures, have all shown that IQ and brain volume correlate at about the 0.40 level ( …) obviously replication of this effect is no longer required. What is required now is a more fine-grained analysis of why it is that a larger brain predicts greater intelligence, and what it is about intelligence that is most directly related to brain volume” (p 1096, emphasis added).

I also would like to know Catholic’s opinion on this subject that how soul could affect the intelligence?


#6

Okay, that’s valid.

Could you rephrase that? I’m not sure what you mean.


#7

It is believed that intellect is a attribute of soul. I was wondering if there is any argument in favor of this.


#8

By whom? I’m not doubting you, just trying to get more info


#9

I believe that Aquinas has some argument about this.


#10

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