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MindBody problem 02212015 Metaphysics what is reality What is the nature of Bering amp Bjorklund 2004 Test on children with quotBrown Mousequot amp quotMr Alligatorquot where Brown Mouse dies Conclusion children stated the biological end to Brown Mouse but claim the psychological elements are still there he s still thirsty What is the mind lntuitively the mind seems separate from the body But often physical events interact with mental events How can the mind be different from the body if they interact so closely The mindbody problem an attempt to explain the relationship between mind amp body Is the nature of the mind different from matter Does the mind depend on the brain Is the mind part of the body Motivation to focus on problem 0 Human value l we are distinguishable from lower animals 0 Immortality l if the mind depends on the brain then when the brain dies the mind dies too 0 lntrinsically interesting l combo of many different scienti c disciplines Theodes o Dualism l there are 2 kinds of stuff mind amp body Descartes immaterial amp material substance The mind is not made out of matter Cartesian dualism l body is physical mind is nonphygcal n Doesn t explain future life but shows it s possible because the body is vulnerableperishable but the mind is not Descartes explains o Monism l 1 kind of stuff in the world Idealism mind stuff Berkeley Materialism body stuff matter Descartes arguments for dualism Epistemological Argument 0 Divisibility argument for dualism o If x has different properties than y then x does not equal y Defense Leibniz law works not just for essential properties but also for accidental properties If x 10 miles from Bisbee and y 9 then x does not equal y o All material objects can be divided Can be remedied if not right as it stands All material objects are remotely plausible for being the mind chunks of the brain can be divided 0 The mind cannot be divided Doesn t work because many physical things can be destroyed if you divide it ex an iPhone 0 Conclusion the mind is not a material object
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