Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsIt is just absurd to deny that there exists two different kinds of substance "matter and mind" in this universe
Skip to 0 minutes and 25 secondsIn fact you, yourself are clear evidence. You have a body obviously a sort of matter, but you also have a mind, spirit or soul or whatever you want to call it. Therefore at the level of our internal feeling, there is no problem of matter and mind as the answer is so obvious. They are two distinct kinds of substances. Case closed. But we know from experience that our intuition or internal feeling are not always reliable. The height of a person is more or less constant, but we see his height is growing as he approaches toward us. A table feels absolutely dense and solid, but science teaches us that most of the space a table occupies is empty.
Skip to 1 minute and 38 secondsFurthermore, recent neuroscience research has revealed that there are material ‘basis’ or ‘correlates’ for mental phenomena such as cognition and consciousness. Of course this does not prove once and for all that there are only matter in the universe, and mind is just some complicated form of matter. But then again according to our best scientific theory of matter, there are little room for mind to causally influence matter. Complicated? Yes! After all this is the question of the universe, question of mind and matter, that is of everything.
Skip to 2 minutes and 31 secondsI am delighted to take you through our quest for our answer to the question in this course. I am Sang-Wook Yi teaching philosophy at Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea.
Skip to 2 minutes and 51 secondsBe prepared for the fascinating changes of the ways we think about this question, and its current twist, the possibility of synthetic, machine mind!