One of the main reasons behind the appeal of panpsychism is the fact that physical sciences, while making progress in understanding and even mapping how brain states are related to mental states, have yet to explain why all of that is accompanied by the distinctive ‘what’s-it-likeness’ of subjective experience – usually called phenomenal consciousness. For…Continue reading The Emergence of Consciousness
God is traditionally defined as having at least some of the following attributes: omniscient (all-knowing), omnipotent (all-powerful), omnipresent (is present everywhere), and moral perfection (incapable of doing evil, possibly the ultimate source of morality). Here, I will specifically focus on omniscience, defined as the claim that God has complete knowledge of reality. This divine attribute…Continue reading Does God Know What It Is like to Be You?
The term panpsychism stems from the ancient Greek words πᾶν (pan – all or everything) and ψυχή (psukhe – mind or soul, from ‘I breathe’), so the literal definition of the theory would be: everything has a mind or a soul. Nowadays, the most common definition of panpsychism is the following: consciousness or mentality is a fundamental…Continue reading A Brief Taxonomy of Panpsychism and Related Theories