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  • n. A believer in physicalism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who maintains that man's intellectual and moral nature depends on and results from his physical constitution, or that human thought and action are determined by physical organization.


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  • It thus gives rise to a particularly strong form of ontological naturalism, namely the physicalist doctrine that any state that has physical effects must itself be physical.


  • BTW the "many worlds" interpretation of quantum mechanics also falls into this black hole of non-science, but it rescues the "physicalist" interpretation of reality, instead of the idealism that is the prima facie message of QM.

    Again, there is absolutely no teleology involved

  • Anyone who is what we would today call a 'physicalist' would be a naturalist.

    Archive 2005-03-01

  • Now, I don't deny that you can take a monist view that accounts or allows for these things, and slap the label 'materialist' or 'physicalist' on there.

    Against Darwinism

  • The skeptic in me says that when 'will' and 'thought' and 'reason' are called 'emergent properties', what's really being said is, 'Hell, we have no idea, so let's kick them under the heading of strong emergence – which is like hocus-pocus for the physicalist'.

    Against Darwinism

  • The physicalist view, the view that says the color is an absorption property of the surface of the rose, that leaves out the fact that colors are things we see.

    Deepak Chopra: Interview with Alva Noe, Ph.D.

  • It was presented by that biggest (or smallest, if we are being physicalist about it) Orientalist phoney of the present, Rory Stewart.

    Giving evidence to the Chilcot inquiry, Tony Blair said: “I...

  • Why did Lycan feel it necessary to, even as a physicalist, write a paper admitting that the case for dualism is roughly as good as the case for physicalism with regards to the merits of reason?

    Bunny and a Book

  • But I'm pointing out that you're coming down on Schwartz, Beauregard, etc hard for asserting that developments in mind/brain studies and philosophy have bolstered dualism (on the grounds that there are physicalist or materialist theories that can accept them), when the fact is that these books are not just in the minority of writings, but frankly tend to take a defensive stance.

    Bunny and a Book

  • Again, they argue that the data is better understood within a dualist perspective compared to typical physicalist/materialist alternatives.

    Bunny and a Book


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