|Causes: whether something is a physical cause of something depends on the separation of two objects or processes that are to be identified as cause and effect, as well as the transmission of energy. Whether this relationship comes about is therefore contingent. From a linguistic point of view, the relationship between cause and effect is a necessary relation since the concept of the cause is applied only to something which has an effect. See also de re, de dicto, necessity, contingency, causality, effect._____________Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.|
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Big Bang/McGinn: we assume that there was eventually a singularity that resulted in space and matter. The fact that this singularity arose at some point is based on properties of the universe that already existed before.
Originally pre-spatial properties (before the Big Bang) would therefore (assuming physical preservation) be the cause both of matter and of mind.
Consciousness/Big Bang/McGinn: Thesis: consciousness is sort of a fossil of the early universe (before the Big Bang). It must entail reminiscences of those far past times._____________Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution.
Die Grenzen vernünftigen Fragens Stuttgart 1996
Wie kommt der Geist in die Materie? München 2001