beautiful breath wrote:If the mind is a formless phenomena how then does it interact with the brain.
We know that changes in affect or perception coincide with changes in the matter of the nervous system. Do we know enough to know to explain this coincidence in terms of causation? Well, if I were to eat a big bowl of psilocybe mushrooms, then that change in the matter of my body would in fact induce changes in consciousness. What are the content of those changes--what would I experience? Those experiences would be overwhelmingly determined by my habits of mind, which are not material in the same way a hunk of grey matter is material. The dream state gives other examples: it is possible to have a sense-perception (a sound, a sight) without the engagement of the sense organs in the dream state...
My point is that it may be more sensible to consider an interaction, or reciprocation, or a dialectical relation between conditions and consciousness than to assume that consciousness is an epiphenomenon of the body as, say, Daniel Dennett does and Batchelor sometimes does.
Qualification: I bring all this up to introduce an element of doubt into the conversation around Batchelor's position, not necessarily to make a positive claim on cognitive science, in which I am not at all competent.