Neurological Dependence of Mind Discussion

Posted: January 20th, 2023

Explain THOROUGHLY in about 300-500 words for each subpart
Do whichever seems like you could explain the answers for someone who does not understand and know anyhthing about philosophy.
Do two of the following three:
1. Explain the 4 arguments for materialism based upon:
a) simplicity.
b) the explanatory impotence of dualism.
c) the neurological dependence of mind.
d) evolutionary biology.
2. a) Explain the argument for dualism from religion.
b) Discuss the weaknesses of this argument.
c) Explain the argument for dualism from parapsychological phenomena.
d) Discuss the weaknesses of this argument.
3. a) Explain what, in our author Nagel’s view, are the 3 problems to solve (i.e., the 3 questions to answer) with regard to death as a harm, if death is nonexistence.
b) Nagel thinks there are typical examples of not-unpleasant harms, like cheating. Explain his argument that cheating is an example of a not-unpleasant harm.
c) Explain how Nagel uses deprivation and the analogy of the adult infant to explain death as a harm and how he thinks he can solve each of the 3 problems to solve.
Rubric for Research Paper

Outstanding – 20pts
Good  – 15pts
Fair – 10pts
Unacceptable – 5pts

Excellent section headings, indicative of a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics and subtopics clearly indicated.
Professional looking.
Good section headings, indicative to a steady “flow” to the overall paper. Topics clearly indicated, could use more subtopics.
Fair section headings, indicative that the paper has “flow”. Topics and subtopics not clearly indicated. Unclear organization of thoughts.
Disorganized appearance.
Relevant topics missing or incorrect, paper has no indicative “flow”.
Not professional.


Highly informative, complete and easy to understand. Appropriate vocabulary is used.
Abstract makes you want to read the paper.
Informative, complete and understandable. Appropriate vocabulary is used.
Somewhat informative and understandable.
Not very informative or understandable.

Thesis is clear, easy to find, and appropriate to the assignment.
Thesis is supported by the rest of the paper.
Paper contains a “roadmap” for the reader.
There is a logical “flow” to the topics/arguments. Conclusion follows clearly from the arguments presented.
Thesis is clear and appropriate.   Thesis fairly well supported.
Paper is fairly well organized.
Conclusion follows from the rest of the paper.
Thesis is fairly clear.
Inconsistent support for thesis. Paper weakly organized. Conclusion is acceptable.
Thesis unclear and/or inappropriate.
Thesis not supported.
Paper is not organized. Conclusion doesn’t follow from the rest of the paper.

The evidence comes from a wide variety of valid sources. The bibliography is complete and reflects appropriate sources.
The evidence comes from the minimum valid sources. The bibliography is complete.
Valid sources are inconsistently used.  The bibliography contains minor formatting errors.
Multiple sources cited  incorrectly.
Bibliography missing.

Arguments are pertinent to the topic.
Arguments are logical, supported with evidence. The key arguments have been made – no major points have been left out.
Arguments are
pertinent to the topic.   Arguments are fairly logical and reasonably supported.
Most key arguments have been made.
Arguments are not consistently pertinent, logical, or supported. Few key arguments have been made.
Arguments not pertinent. Arguments rarely, if at
all, logical and supported.
Almost no key arguments have been made.


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