Materialists insist that the mysteriousness of the mind, consciousness, and human experience will eventually be explained by neuroscience and put into purely material terms. They claim that consciousness will be understood in terms of matter.
But, is matter itself understood? Is matter any less mysterious than mind? If not, how is consciousness going to be better understood by putting it in terms of something that is equally opaque?
Materialism is often taken as a default position, i.e., a philosophy that is solidly grounded, as opposed to, for example, theology. But the conceptual problems that lie at the heart of materialism are quite severe and should not be swept under the rug. It’s time to stop giving materialism and materialists a free pass.