Primacy of mind

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A belief in the primacy of mind is an ubiquitous element in the history of ideas[citation needed]. In this view the mind or soul is not only primary as an explanation of reality, but is the only conceivable explanation, as nothing so subtle and sublime as reason and morality could possibly emerge from matter and motion, the primary elements of scientific explanation.[citation needed] In his book Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Daniel Dennett states that a central aspect of Judeo-Christian and Islamic cosmogony is that, in the beginning, there was "something with Mind—'a cogitative Being,'".[1]

See also[edit]

  • Creator deity
  • Emergence
  • Personal god
  • Solipsism


  1. Dennett, D. C., Darwin's Dangerous Idea: Evolution and the Meanings of Life, 1995, p26, ISBN 0-684-82471-X Search this book on Logo.png.

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