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n. Philosophy
The doctrine holding that all mental activity, including conscious experience, are simply epiphenomena of the neural processes of the brain.
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(Philosophy) the dualistic doctrine that consciousness is merely a by-product of physiological processes and has no power to affect them. Compare interactionism, parallelism
ˌepipheˈnomenalist n, adj
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(ˌɛp ə fəˈnɒm ə nlˌɪz əm)

the theory that consciousness is merely an epiphenomenon of physiological processes of the brain without the power to affect these processes.
ep`i•phe•nom′e•nal•ist, n.
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the doctrine that consciousness is a mere accessory and accompaniment of physiological processes and is powerless to affect these processes. — epiphenomenalist, n.epiphenomenal, adj.
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