Descartes didn't know Einstein's concept of spacetime. Like Newton, he regarded space and time as separable, non-unified categories; and, as far as I know, he regarded souls as substances which are spatially unlocated (exist nowhere in space, don't stand in spatial relations to other souls or bodies) but temporally located (exist somewhen in time, stand in temporal relations to other souls or bodies).Mosesquine wrote: ↑March 11th, 2018, 7:57 amI think that Descartes' version of substance dualism is flawed. According to Descartes, soul and body are two distinct substances. It's because body is always located in space-time points anyway, but soul is always not located in space-time points at all. I think that all causal processes nomically occur in space-time points. I also think that all interactions of anything are happening in space and time. According to Descartes' version of substance dualism, soul is not located in space-time points, so soul cannot interact with body causally!es. This follows that Descartes' version of substance-dualistic-assumption that soul is non-spatio-temporal and body is spatio-temporal is false.
All theologians agree that God doesn't exist in space, but they disagree over whether or not he doesn't exist in time either. However, of course, if Einstein is right—and it seems he is—then it is inconsistent to say that God exists in time but not in space. So, in the light of modern physics, theologians cannot help but assert for the sake of consistency that God exists neither in space nor in time. However, they are thereby jumping out of the frying pan into the fire, because the very concept of an a-/extra-temporal (conscious) mind is self-contradictory. All (conscious) mental phenomena—all sensations, feelings, and thoughts—are dynamic phenomena, being events or processes, which are temporal phenomena by definition. So God must exist in time; and if to exist in time is to exist in space too, with space and time being inseparably unified into spacetime, then God must exist in space too. But this is incompatible with the traditional doctrine of theism!