The Mind And The Body Essay

1465 Words Sep 21st, 2015 6 Pages
When talking about the mind are we referring to the processes occurring in the brain or are we referring to something other than the physical organ? The topic of this essay is to discuss whether the mind and the brain are identical. For the purpose of this paper I will refer to the brain as the body. The position that I am taking on this topic is that of dualism and the argument that the mind and the body are indeed separate. I will support this by discussing Rene Descartes thoughts on substance dualism, and Leibniz 's Law and the indivisible nature of the mind as an additional supporting argument for mind and body dualism. I will counter this by discussing monism and the argument that the mind and the body is made up of only the physical. I will do this by discussing Daniel Dennett 's thoughts on physicalism, as well as discussing the ways in which science supports this view to some degree. I will reply to the argument of monism by talking about the limitations of science in regards to its ability to explain how the mind and body interact and pose the question that if the body and the mind are a result of electrical signals and chemistry then why has nobody yet recreated the human experience with computers. Dualism, and in particular substance dualism, is the fundamental belief that the body and the mind are made up of distinctly different substances; the mind or soul and the physical body or brain which interacts with the world around it. As such, the first claim that…

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