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Philosophy of mind

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Thinking hard
or hardly thinking?

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Major trains of thought
The good, the bad
and the brain fart
Come to think of it
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Philosophy of mind is the branch of philosophy which studies the mind, asking questions such as "what is the nature of the mind?"

Some of the major questions in the philosophy of mind include:

  • Is mind ultimately material or immaterial? The major answers include materialism, dualism and idealism.
  • Is there free will? What is free will?
  • The question of personal identity — what makes me the same person today as I was yesterday and as I will be tomorrow?
  • The Hard Problem of Consciousness — how and why do we have qualia or phenomenal experiences?

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