The sharp focus on the mind-body problem, a problem that is not about the self, or consciousness, or the soul, or anything other than the mind and the body, helps clarify both problem and solutions.
This case involves synchronized action potentials in neocortical pyramidal neurons. Causal relations countenanced by contemporary physics can take several forms, not all of which are of the push—pull variety.
Small, bilateral lesions in many of these nuclei cause a global loss of consciousness. High arousal states involve conscious states that feature specific perceptual content, planning and recollection or even fantasy.
Second, matter can act on information, as anyone knows whose hard drive has crashed. In sum, immaterial information cascades through the mind by the vehicle of linked, co-arising materiality. One might say that they are loaded with mental content, which cannot be appreciated other than by studying their material features.
The shape, timing, and effects of such actions are inseparable from their meaning. October The Mind-Body Problem By Jonathan Westphal Overview Philosophers from Descartes to Kripke have struggled with the glittering prize of modern and contemporary philosophy: the mind-body problem.