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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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The Traveler to Excellent Beauty

The Traveler to Excellent Beauty

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Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This chapter explores the prevailing scientific attitudes regarding the acceptance of physicalism, and in contrast, its rejection of dualism as a nigh-heretical notion with little scientific basis. Science can only study what is physical because science has to measure things in order to be science, and measuring requires physicality. Yet conscious experience itself has been reevaluated and seems to be somehow nonphysical or extraphysical, therefore it behooves one to reconsider dualism and how it can explain this phenomenon. If dualism is true, then consciousness is beyond the reach of science—there could more to conscious life in this universe than can be explained by science, thus inviting the opportunity to ponder such a mystery.

Keywords:   physicalism, dualism, physicality, science, consciousness, conscious experience

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