<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Gennaro (Rocco) & Fishman (Yonatan I.) - The Argument from Brain Damage Vindicated (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20665.htm">The Argument from Brain Damage Vindicated</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/G/Author_Gennaro (Rocco).htm">Gennaro (Rocco)</a> & <A HREF = "../../Authors/F/Author_Fishman (Yonatan I.).htm">Fishman (Yonatan I.)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Martin & Augustine - The Myth of an Afterlife, Part 1, Chapter 5</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=200><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_20/PaperSummary_20665.htm">Paper Summary</A></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Editors <U><A HREF="#On-Page_Link_P20665_1">Abstract</A></U><SUB>1</SUB><a name="On-Page_Return_P20665_1"></A></U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">It has long been known that brain damage has important negative effects on one s mental life and even eliminates one s ability to have certain conscious experiences. It thus stands to reason that when all of one s brain activity ceases upon death, consciousness is no longer possible and so neither is an <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>2</SUP>. It seems clear that human consciousness is dependent upon functioning brains. This essay reviews some of the overall neurological evidence from brain damage studies and concludes that our argument from brain damage has been vindicated by such overwhelming evidence. It also puts forth a more mature philosophical rationale against an <a name="2"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_9/Notes_978.htm">afterlife</A><SUP>3</SUP> and counters several replies to the argument. </ol> </FONT><BR><HR><BR><U><B>In-Page Footnotes</U></B><a name="On-Page_Link_P20665_1"></A><BR><BR><U><A HREF="#On-Page_Return_P20665_1"><B>Footnote 1</B></A></U>: Taken from <a name="W2481W"></a><A HREF = "https://philpapers.org/rec/GENTAF" TARGET = "_top">Link</A>. <BR><BR><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-02T09:23" pubdate>02/08/2018 09:23:18</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>