Anyone have any good reads on this subject?
Particularly how do we gain knowledge? If I have a true belief about something and it is based on physical mechanisms how can it qualify as knowledge?
Personally this kind of musing is what I consdier part of the probelm with philosophy and linguistic musings about reality - forest/tree problem.
Obviously the brain has different structures and ways in which to gain information from the external world and it must intergarate that somehow. Part of this information ability is pattern recognition. The real world events seem to be abstract representations instantiated in the nervous system including the Brain. The information is then reasoned about and organized into linear thought patterns (language, logic, math, etc.). These are what become our beliefs (the ‘is’, ‘truths’, and ‘facts’) and desires (the ‘ought’, wants and needs). The whole ‘ought’ world is based on the brains ability to infer perfection (an ideal world) from the real world of imperfection (the ‘is’ and the ‘facts’). Both are what we as individual value - the latter is what we make out to be absolutes or objective values. Sure we can have false beliefs but our abiltiy to use diffrent methodologies helps us overcome errors in knowledge. Do or should ‘beliefs’ even qualify as knowledge? Why is this important in the mind/body problem?
For me it seems simple enough - As the brain goes so does the mind and all of it’s knowledge about physical world. Show me a mind without a brain and then we can start to get all fancy with these arguments and thought experiments - otherwise it is just another game we play in our heads abstracting and idealizing the information the organism takes in - which has no real world correspondence.