From: Russell Standish <>
Date: Sat, 3 Mar 2007 17:26:08 +1100

On Sun, Mar 04, 2007 at 09:29:51PM +0330, Mohsen Ravanbakhsh wrote:
> and I have another question:
> Throughout discussions, what is the assumption regarding the mind-body
> problem? (Emergentism, reductionism, eliminativism, dualism, ...)
> --
> Mohsen Ravanbakhsh,

None of the above, basically. I have a section on 'isms in my book,
and conclude that my own position on consciousness can be described by
all the classic 'isms apart from eliminative materialism. Since my
position is consistent AFAIK, I can only conclude that the 'isms are a
somewhat artificial classification - useful for discussing past ideas
on consciousness perhaps, but not useful for going forward.

I was reminded of the old parable of the "six men of Indostan and the
elephant". The 'isms of cognitive science are like saying elephant
science consists of wallism, spearism, snakeism, treeism, fanism and

Anyway, cognitive science is not discussed much on this list, but it
is on topic IMHO.

A/Prof Russell Standish                  Phone 0425 253119 (mobile)
UNSW SYDNEY 2052         
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