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Hard things made hard

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[opening paragraph]: Nicholas Humphrey (2000) is interested in illustrating how it is that the mind is the brain. We can think of him as taking up David Chalmers’ and Joe Levine's challenge to solve the so-called hard problem, to bridge the so-called explanatory gap. For after being convinced, as we surely are, that minds are housed in brains via the activity of neurons, we still need to explain why that should be the case. Why is it that our lumpy grey matter should contain consciousness? Even if we agree that it does, we still need to arrange the facts so that having minded brains is a patently obvious truth.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Dept. of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0126, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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