A Mind-Object Identity Theory

May 21 2017
9:35 am - 10:10 am
Ash Auditorium

A Mind-Object Identity Theory

So far, mind-body identity theories and neurosciences have failed empirically. To the best of our understanding, neural activity and consciousness does not match. Is there any alternative physical entity? I suggest there is, only it is not one’s body or any property of it – it is the external object. The proposal is straightforward – one’s conscious experience of an object is the object one is conscious of. I will address classical cases and objections – e.g., perceptual error, hallucinations, illusions, phosphenes, mental imagery, direct brain stimulation, afterimages, and dreams. I will show that such cases can be explained in terms of identity with actual external objects.