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25.4 Distinct minds and bodies

One question is what Kim (2001) calls the ‘pairing problem’: how can distinct non-physical minds be connected with distinct bodies if those relations are not mechanical or spatial?

To begin to answer, we note a previous suggestion that the topology and metric of mental and spiritual spaces are associative with respect to meaning and function, since proximity is then determined by those features. This would imply that the connections of a mind with anything else should be based on the meaning and function of that other thing. This also implies that the connections of a particular mind to a particular body, according to theistic science, should be initiated and maintained by the particular functions that each particular mind and body accomplishes together, since the possibility of interaction always depends on proximity in the relevant space.


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