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Is consciousness something physical or a mental phenomenon (or non physical)?

Question asked by: knowitall

Philosophy questions don't come much more interesting than this!

And depending what philosopher you talk to you are sure to get a different answer too.

Consciousness is one of the biggest mysteries still. Whilst many now agree that all mental processes are really just a type of physical process - that is there are physical causes and effects behind what we think of as mental, consciousness is the one area that still confuses many people.

The suspicion these days is very much that consciousness must be a phenomenon that is created by physical processes, because otherwise you get all sorts of strange problems about how the mental if non physical could and would interact with practice with the physical, and what that would mean.

So the answer is that yes consciousness must somehow be caused and affected by physical processes, though quite how it all works is something of a mystery!

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