Philosophy and Theology 29 (1):169-190 (2017)

This paper uses a paradox inherent in any solution to the Hard Problem of Consciousness to argue for God’s existence. The paper assumes we are “thought machines”, reading the state of a relevant physical medium and then outputting corresponding thoughts. However, the existence of such a thought machine is impossible, since it needs an infinite number of point-representing sensors to map the physical world to conscious thought. This paper shows that these sensors cannot exist, and thus thought cannot come solely from our physical world. The only possible explanation is something outside, argued to be God.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Philosophy and Religion  God  proof  existence  Hard Problem of Consciousness  paradox  consciousness  metaphysics  mind-body
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DOI 10.5840/philtheol2016111676
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