Epiphenomenon


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Epiphenomenon

 

an adjunct to a phenomenon; a secondary phenomenon that accompanies other phenomena but has no influence on them. Some adherents of voluntarism, such as E. von Hartmann and F. Nietzsche, regarded consciousness as an epiphenomenon—an implement of the unconscious world will—while several natural-science materialists, including T. Huxley, viewed it as a consequence of the activity of the higher nervous system.

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Music constructs a virtual reality to the extent that its reality is not simply an epiphenomenon of the world outside music, that it results from the actions of free individuals motivated by inherently musical contexts.
First, the materialist tells us that what we understand as "self" or "soul" is an epiphenomenon of matter and, as such, unreal.
All of these problems underscore the way in which Darfur is seen either as an epiphenomenon of the larger problem of Sudan and the South, or as a potential money/power making enterprise for corrupt individuals and governments.
The cultural superstructure is an epiphenomenon reflecting the infrastructure of technology and power relationships, which determine whether a religious "mutation" will survive and proliferate.
In a case-control study, Mochan and colleagues found protein S deficiency to be an epiphenomenon associated with HIV infection, and it occurred significantly more frequently in HIV-seropositive subjects compared to HIV-seronegative patients with ischemic stroke (p < 0.
Staten suggests a picture of human agency that remains firmly anchored in naturalism, and yet ascribes to consciousness a causal power that it cannot possess in Leiter's reading of it as an epiphenomenon of bodily processes.
Chapter 2 presents the general features of grammaticalization as developed in the functionalist-based studies and reviews the literature on the following: the theoretical assumptions of grammaticalization, grammaticalization continua, the diachronic and synchronic relevance of grammaticalization, metaphor, metonymy, and context-induced reinterpretation, the controversial roles of reanalysis and analogy, and the discussion over whether grammaticalization is an epiphenomenon.
president of a black man with the strange name - Barack Obama - is but one reflection, one epiphenomenon of how deeply things are changing, across what a wide array of fronts, and how quickly, around the world.
The high rate of detection of group two pathogens in otherwise unexplained cases of SUDI suggests they could be associated with it, and could be an epiphenomenon indicative of another underlying mechanism of death, such as overheating, conclude the authors.
One doesn't have to be a wild-eyed social constructivist to acknowledge this point--much of the most interesting recent work in evolutionary psychology and embodied cognition has focused on the co-evolution of human cognition and culture--but the overall thrust of Carroll's argument leaves one with the impression that all significant structure comes from innate human nature, and that cultural variation is a mere epiphenomenon.
A belief in religious metaphysics is not the basis of one's faith, but a mere epiphenomenon.
Preconditioning for protection from ischemic injury: discriminating cause from effect from epiphenomenon.