Against cognitive psychology
Norman Wetherick hates mindless data collection – ‘Who’s asking the big questions?’
FIFTY years ago, I embarked on a philosophy degree hoping for an answer to a central question. How, by purely natural means, could beings have evolved in a physical universe that were capable of understanding it? Beings capable of generating all our sciences, political and social systems, works of art and literature. The usual answer was (and often still is) that all this is made possible by supernatural intervention. God gives us minds/souls which, being immaterial (i.e. non-physical), can have any properties we like. Such an answer is utterly unacceptable to me.
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