How to Solve the Mind-Body Problem
April 2000, 112 pages
'Humphrey presents his theory here in a coherent, easy to follow, self-contained way . . . sets out some interesting new avenues of investigation' Metapsychology
"This totally engaging book not so much challenges current views on this most ancient of problem than cogently argues for its definition." Human Nature Review
"Coherent, readable and self-contained." Philosophical Writings
Nicholas Humphrey, How to Solve the Mind–Body Problem
Andy Clark, Phenomenal Immediacy and the Doors of Sensation Daniel Dennett, It’s Not a Bug, It’s a Feature Naomi Eilan, Comment on Nicholas Humphrey’s ‘How to Solve the Mind–Body Problem’ Ralph Ellis, Efferent Brain Processes and the Enactive Approach to Consciousness Valerie Gray Hardcastle, Hard Things Made Hard Stevan Harnad, Correlation vs. Causality: How/Why the Mind–Body Problem is Hard Natika Newton, Humphrey’s Solution Christian de Quincey, Conceiving the Inconceivable: Fishing for Consciousness with a Net of Miracles Carol Rovane, Not Mind–Body but Mind–Mind Robert Van Gulick, Closing the Gap?
Nicholas Humphrey, In Reply
Robert van Gulick
Humphrey's article is full of intriguing and original suggestions, pointing out new directions for investigation and probing deep beneath the surface.
I believe Humphrey's careful and progressive story, once insulated from the threat of circularity, holds out the hope of real progress in an argumentative arena depressingly close to a stalemate.
Humphrey's article contains some profound insights... It has the potential to bridge the explanatory gap; no competing theory comes close.
Christian de Quincey
Sometimes, after years of painstaking work, someone presents a startling argument that seems to suddenly snatch the ground right from under your feet. And it's back to square one.
The problem is hard, and alas Nick Humphrey, like everyone else so far, has failed to solve it.