There is no spirit outside matter

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Parent debateThis argument is used in the debate Does God exist?.
Argument againstThis argument is a “con” argument in the debate Does God exist?.
Keywords: God, Materialism, Spirit, Matter[ edit ].


God is supposed to be an immaterial entity (since we can't see or touch him). This concept is based on the spiritualist idea that there are immaterial beings and realities. But this assumption is gratuitous: we know of no immaterial reality without physical support.



Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forThe existence of a mind outside matter goes against our neurological knowledge

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstContemporary science is shaking the philosophical foundations on which materialism rests.
  • Argument againstNear-death experiences show consciousness independent of the brain
  • Argument againstSeveral so-called paranormal phenomena show the action of the spirit beyond a physical medium
  • Argument againstConsciousness cannot be explained by matter
  • Argument againstMathematics exists in a reality independent of matter
  • Argument againstThe laws of nature do not come from matter but organize matter
  • Argument againstMaterialism is an irrefutable theory
  • Argument againstOur scientific paradigm must be modified in the light of psi experiences

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