A headline like “The mind does not exist” is meant to provoke strong reactions. It prepared me to disagree, so I was surprised to find myself thinking maybe there was some merit to the idea.
If your experience is anything like mine, your 2018 wrapped up with a blitz of requests for end-of-year charitable contributions.
It makes sense to me that the mind is not fully reducible to the brain and its activity, and that mental states are causally meaningful. At the same time, it makes sense that the mind is mediated by the brain, arising from the numerous interactions of nerve cells and other biological entities, possibly as an outgrowth of sensory perception turned inward.
In this interview, 2016 Christian Scholars’ Foundation Grant Recipient Carrie Bredow describes the psychology research she’s carrying out with the grant and talks about how her faith and academic work interact.
[R]esearch suggests that ability [to track objects] is connected to our ability to form long-term memories.