QUESTION TEXT: Although consciousness seems to arise from physical…
QUESTION TYPE: Sufficient Assumption
CONCLUSION: No strictly physical theory can explain consciousness.
REASONING: Consciousness appears to come from physical processes. But physical theories can only explain physical structures and functions.
ANALYSIS: It’s odd that consciousness can’t be explained by physical theories: it seems to come from physical processes.
The answer tells us that consciousness requires a broader explanation than physical theories provide.
- This doesn’t tell us that consciousness isn’t a physical phenomenon.
- CORRECT. This means physical theories are inadequate because they can only explain physical structures and functions.
- That doesn’t mean that a physical theory couldn’t explain the functions and structures of consciousness, someday.
- This weakens our conclusion that physical theories can’t explain consciousness.
- This doesn’t tell us anything about consciousness.
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