David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
I examine some philosophical arguments as well as current empirical research in molecular neurobiology in order to throw some new light on the question of whether neurological processes are deterministic or indeterministic. I begin by showing that the idea of an autonomous biological indeterminism violates the principle of the supervenience of biological properties on physical properties. If supervenience is accepted, quantum mechanics is the only hope for the neuro-indeterminist. But this would require that indeterministic quantum-mechanical effects play a role in the functioning of the nervous system. I examine several candidates of molecular processes where this could, in theory, be the case. It turns out that there is good news from recent work on ion channels. Unfortunately (for the indeterminist), this good news is neutralised at once by bad news.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Leslie Graves, Barbara L. Horan & Alex Rosenberg (1999). Is Indeterminism the Source of the Statistical Character of Evolutionary Theory? Philosophy of Science 66 (1):140-157.
Mary-Lou Galician & Steve Pasternack (1987). Balancing Good News and Bad News: An Ethical Obligation? Journal of Mass Media Ethics 2 (2):82 – 92.
Malcolm R. Forster (1986). Unification and Scientific Realism Revisited. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:394 - 405.
Janice Morse (2011). Hearing Bad News. Journal of Medical Humanities 32 (3):187-211.
Jeremy Iggers (1998). Good News, Bad News: Journalism Ethics and the Public Interest. Westviewpress.
Andy Egan & Adam Elga (2005). I Can't Believe I'm Stupid. Philosophical Perspectives 19 (1):77–93.
Torbjörn Tännsjö (2007). Social Psychology and the Paradox of Revolution. South African Journal of Philosophy 26 (2):228-238.
Chris Boesel (2008/2010). Risking Proclamation, Respecting Difference: Christian Faith, Imperialistic Discourse, and Abraham. James Clarke & Co..
Jonathan Schaffer (2003). Principled Chances. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 54 (1):27-41.
Marcel Weber (2005). Indeterminism in Neurobiology. Philosophy of Science 72 (5):663-674.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads16 ( #190,103 of 1,780,180 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #204,589 of 1,780,180 )
How can I increase my downloads?