How the Universe looks from here: Defining Terms

Monday, September 11, 2017

Defining Terms

This is part of discussion going on over on Facebook that begins with someone asserting that, if the brain is a smartphone, then consiousness is its screen. There's a story about a teacher of philosophy who, one day, said, "Death is an illusion." The next day he taught, "Death is real." Naturally, a student asked, "So which one is it? Is death real, or is it illusion?" The teacher answered, "Death is a real illusion." By my definitions, a thing is real if it has an actual effect, therefore an... Sign in to see full entry.

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