- If an abstraction has no physical component - this is because, physically speaking a pattern in nature has no special significance in and of itself.
- Then the act of instantiating an abstraction in the physical world will happen without a physical cause*
- Therefore all recognized abstractions in our physical reality do not violate any physical law. (Like the conservation of energy etc.)
- And substance dualism is plausible and even a necessary property of reality.
The only logical contention is to proof that non physical abstract entities are real and I contend that they are real, because a denial would make reason impossible.
- the causal relationship of matter and
- seeing information as an instantiation of an abstraction.
I will call the first interpretation the "physicist's information" and the latter "real information", The difference between the two is intentionality. The physicist's information has no intentionality as it simply is the product of the flow of nature, but "real information" has intentionality that can consistently be discerned by minds individually and collectively. The "physicist's information" cannot extend beyond the most fundamental physical interactions, but "real information" has no causal bound to the abstractions that can be instantiated. There might even be an abstraction in the form of the unified field theory or artificial intelligence, that will by definition be an abstraction of mind, because the "physicist's information" does not have the property of containing a theory or intentionality.
** For example, taking the measurement problem of quantum mechanics into account this should not be problematic. Some might say that the problem only exist because a purely materialist view of the observer are presupposed. If the observer do not have the property of superposition or entanglement then the measurement problem disappear. There are other efforts to overcome the measurement problem and some employ a multi-verse hypothesis. I urge anyone interested to read at least Chapter 6 'The Measure of All Things: Quantum Mechanics and the Soul' by Hans Halvorson, published in The Soul Hypothesis: Investigations into the Existence of the Soul.