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The Closure of the Physical is Unscientific

Kleiner, Johannes and Stephan, Hartmann (2021) The Closure of the Physical is Unscientific. [Preprint]

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Abstract

We analyze 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 implies that no experiment can distinguish between two theories of consciousness that obey this assumption. Therefore, the closure of the physical is incompatible with scientific practice. This conclusion points to a fundamental flaw in the paradigm underlying most of the experiments conducted to date.


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Item Type: Preprint
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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: 25 Sep 2021 20:54
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2021 20:54
Item ID: 19609
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Consciousness
Date: 24 September 2021
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19609

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