Category Archives: Philosophy

Immortality: Tipler vs Staume

In this final installment of our series on immortality, we will compare the theories of Tipler and Staume. Though both seek to develop a concept of life after death not based on belief or wishfulthinking but grounded in science and physiscs in particular, their respective theories are, however, as complete opposites as is logically possible. As far as I could see, there is no way to merge these two into a single theory of immortality. Continue reading →

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Do I oppose science?

Some might conclude that because I am skeptical about materialism and physicalism, I somehow reject science. This is, of course, utter nonsense. According to the English Wikipedia article on matter, different scientific disciplines use the term matter in different – not necessarily compatible – ways. Continue reading →

The differences between dualism, idealism, materialism and neutral monism

In the diagram below I have tried to give a schematic explanation of the differences between (substance) dualism, idealism, materialism and neutral monism.

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Why I am not a materialist

Short answer: the concept of matter is too vague. Before I could say whether I would be a materialist, I need a clear and precise definition of what is understood by “matter”. As far as I know, there is no single, widely accepted definition of matter. Continue reading →