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Physical vs. mental consciousness

What is the difference between a type of 'physical' consciousness and a sort of 'mental' consciousness? Is it strictly the difference between being physically aware of your body - or experiencing thoughts or other cognitions that don't pull up a physical feeling? Are some thoughts more 'physical' than other thoughts? Here is (Davidson, Donald):

  • On the proposed test of the mental, the distinguishing feature of the mental is not that it is private, subjective, or immaterial, but that it exhibits what Brentano called intentionality. Thus intentional actions are clearly included in the realm of the mental along with thoughts hopes and regret (or the events tied to these). What may seem doubtful is whether the criterion will include events that have often been considered paradigmatic of the mental. Is it obvious, for example, that feeling a pain or seeing an afterimage will count as mental? Sentences that report such events seem free from taint of nonextensionality, and the same should be true of reports of raw feels, sense data, and other uninterpreted sensations, if there are any.

I guess there are some sensations people 'interpret' to themselves and thus think more about the physical. However, all thinking could be considered to be physical since sensations are the minds inputs and all thought is visual to some degree. Maybe it is a constant mental balance, where a sensation triggers or balances a thought that is free of the physical and makes it more physical or emotional.

It could be that physical sensations are much more emotional than thoughts that are tied to mental representations (vs thoughts that are tied to physical feelings). However, which thought would be tied to a physical feeling vs a thought tied to a mental idea or concept? Or is there some sort of mix? People can internalize things and that is perhaps thinking more mentally and not physically = how could someone internalize a physical feeling? That doesn't seem to make sense - a person could experience a physical feeling, but the deep aspects of mental reflection seem more cognitive and not necessarily tied to the physical (if it is even possible for a thought to be entirely physical (even though it is a thought of a sensation, which is physical)).

The nature of consciousness

What are the roles of the different mental processes in the nature of consciousness?

What is the role of vision in thinking? If vision is a large part of thought processes, how does that change the nature of how an experience feels?

Judgements require concepts, however visual representations don't necessarily use concepts - you could just represent something in the world to yourself without thinking about it - so they don't require concepts but they probably use them in most cases. That is - most visual representations require thought, which means that they would require concepts. I would think that when concepts are used would be when an attitude is triggered - then you might start thinking about how you feel towards certain concepts. How does an image get conceptualized? Fodor asks that question here but doesn't offer an explanation (Fodor, 2007):

Questions & Answers

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That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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