The Shalizi versus Abbott debate on the mind-body problem

Below are the files (in chronological order; 1992-1993) of a net-based debate that took place between Derek Abbott (The University of Adelaide) and Cosma Rohilla Shalizi (then at Univ. California, Berkley - thereafter moved to the Santa Fe Institute and now at the University of Michigan). It is a good-humoured tongue-in-cheek debate where Derek takes on the theologically loyalist and holistic position, whereas Cosma adopts the reductionistic materialist position. We have preserved this debate for your enjoyment and because Cosma tends to break out into poetry that is rather good, in between his oft misguided flights of fancy :-)

File 1

File 2

File 3

File 4

File 5

File 6

A/Prof. Derek Abbott
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