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The Closure of the Physical, Consciousness and Scientific Practice

Kleiner, Johannes and Stephan, Hartmann (2023) The Closure of the Physical, Consciousness and Scientific Practice. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We analyse the implications of the closure of the physical for experiments in the scientific study of consciousness when all the details are considered, especially how measurement results relate to physical events. It turns out that the closure of the physical has surprising implications that conflict with scientific practice. These implications point to a fundamental flaw in the paradigm underlying many experiments conducted to date and pose a challenge to any research programme that aims to ground a physical functionalist or identity-based understanding of consciousness on empirical observations.


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Kleiner, Johannesjohannes.kleiner@lmu.de0000-0002-2197-8898
Stephan, Hartmanns.hartmann@lmu.de0000-0001-8676-2177
Keywords: Causal Closure of the Physical, Mathematical Consciousness Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Depositing User: Dr. Johannes Kleiner
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2023 16:39
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2023 16:39
Item ID: 21725
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Date: 5 February 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21725

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