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The Mind-Body Problem - With the number of brain injury cases observed and the continuous advances in neuroscience, this has proven to be strong evidence in supporting materialism. By defining what Cartesian dualists and materialists mean by the ‘brain’, ‘mind’, ‘body’ and ‘soul’, an argument on behalf of Cartesians dualists will be reached, that responds to evidence concerning brain injuries with the claims that the brain is only ‘an instrument of the soul’. This will lead to the conclusion that there is stronger contemporary support for materialism due to neuroscience and that the Cartesian dualism argument as it is, may be wrong....   [tags: Cartesian Dualism, Rene Descartes]
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The Mind/Body Problem, Seen Through a Crisis - The Mind-Body Problem seen through a Crisis The issue of the origins of consciousness has been a problem that has philosophers and scientists alike, puzzled for years. Is it a matter of science. Can it be explained through neurobiological processes or is it just something that simply cannot be reduced to words. Rene Descartes had struggled with this issue centuries ago, trying to explain this problem through his idea of substance dualism. This idea states that the mind and body are of two separate worlds, the physical world and the mental world....   [tags: Philosophy]
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The Mind-Body Problem - The Mind-Body Problem The mind-body problem, which is still debated even today, raises the question about the relationship between the mind and the body. Theorists, such as René Descartes and Thomas Nagel, have written extensively on the problem but they have many dissenting beliefs. Descartes, a dualist, contends that the mind and body are two different substances that can exist separately. Conversely, Nagel, a dual aspect theorist, contends that the mind and body are not substances but different properties....   [tags: Papers] 954 words
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Descartes’ Daydream and the Mind-Body Problem - Descartes’ Daydream and the Mind-Body Problem After exhorting us to wake up from our ‘daydreaming’ and revolutionize our modality of thought to that of conceptualization, Descartes seems to forget about this crucial matter of a discontinuous leap. So, too, it seems has the profession generally and this has infected philosophical research and teaching. It is urged here that discontinuous processes are crucial in the universe, in human life, in human thinking. Such ontological events cannot be handled by dualism, materialism or postmodernism....   [tags: Philosophy Papers] 3173 words
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Descartes’, Spinoza’s, and Leibniz’s Response to the Mind-Body Problem - Since Descartes many philosophers have discussed the problem of interaction between the mind and body. Philosophers have given rise to a variety of different answers to this question all with their own merits and flaws. These answers vary quite a lot. There is the idea of total separation between mind and body, championed by Descartes, which has come to be known as “Cartesian Dualism”. This, of course, gave rise to one of the many major responses to the mind-body problem which is the exact opposite of dualism; monism....   [tags: Philosophy, Greek] 2994 words
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Exploring the Different Theories Involved in the Mind and Body Problem - Exploring the Different Theories Involved in the Mind and Body Problem I will attempt to do this by firstly defining what the mind and body is secondly discussing what the mind and body problem is. Thirdly discussing the existing approaches to the problem and finally discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the approaches. The body is that which we perceive ourselves to be with our senses. It usually includes arms, legs a head and so on. The mind is that which is responsible for one’s thoughts and feelings, the seat of the faculty of reason....   [tags: Papers] 1666 words
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The Human Perception of Pain in Conjunction with the Mind-Body Problem - The Human Perception of Pain in Conjunction with the Mind-Body Problem There is more research surfacing supporting the notion that people can control their pain. What is left under-examined is the notion of whether the pain is mediated by the brain, mind, or both. We all know that pain is an instinctive "sense" if you will, necessary to the survival of all living beings. Without pain, it would go unrecognized and exacerbate to the point of death. Pain is a protective mechanism essential to survival....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Cartesian Dualism and Gilbert Ryle - Over the years, many philosophers have tried to answer the elusive mind-body problem. There has been a wide range of approaches to comprehend this matter, but perhaps none as renowned as Cartesian dualism. This theory, proposed by René Descartes in the early seventeenth century, is still central to modern metaphysical discourse. His teachings through the Meditations have been both revered and scrutinized, and still have withstood many other’s attempts to disprove them. One of his biggest critics of the twentieth century was Gilbert Ryle....   [tags: Cartesian Dualism, Mind-Body Problem]
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Cartesian Dualism and Gilbert Ryle - Gilbert Ryle is well known in the philosophical world specifically as a behaviorist. According to Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy behaviorist are “followers in the ‘ordinary language’ tradition of analytic philosophy, while, for the most part, regarding behavioral scientific hopes as vain, hold views that are, in other respects, strongly behaviorists”(Hauser 1). In the middle of the twentieth century the ordinary language behaviorist movement was strongly covered by Ryle and Wittgenstein. These bright minds established a relationship; “In 1929 Ryle met Wittgenstein and struck up a friendship that profoundly altered the direction of Ryle’s Philosophical thinking”( Stroll 147)....   [tags: Cartesian Dualism, Mind-Body Problem]
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Cartesian Dualism vs Logical Behaviorism - Are minds physical things, or are they nonmaterial. If your beliefs and desires are caused by physical events outside of yourself, how can it be true that you act the way you do of your own free will. Are people genuinely moved by the welfare of others, or is all behavior, in reality, selfish. (Sober 203). These are questions relevant to philosophy of the mind and discussed through a variety of arguments. Two of the most important arguments with this discussion are Cartesian dualism and logical behaviorism, both of which argue the philosophy of the mind in two completely different ways....   [tags: Cartesian Dualism, Mind-Body Problem]
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Rene Descartes: Cartesian Dualism - Descartian dualism is one of the most long lasting legacies of Rene Descartes’ philosophy. He argues that the mind and body operate as separate entities able to exist without one another. That is, the mind is a thinking, non-extended entity and the body is non-thinking and extended. His belief elicited a debate over the nature of the mind and body that has spanned centuries, a debate that is still vociferously argued today. In this essay, I will try and tackle Descartes claim and come to some conclusion as to whether Descartes is correct to say that the mind and body are distinct....   [tags: Cartesian Dualism, Mind-Body Problem]
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Mind and Body - “A strong body makes the mind strong,” a statement once made by Thomas Jefferson regarding the character of man, speaks volumes of the nature of humans to grow and learn. Humans present a compelling species to study, as society continues to hone in on the items that empower humans to become bigger, stronger, and more intelligent. Many areas have been covered regarding a human’s ability to learn recently, but in many recent studies, one find’s evidence relating to the connection of the mind and body in programming a person to be optimal at learning....   [tags: healthcare, physically fit, teaching]
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Mind and Body - Mind and Body Much of the intellectual history of psychology has involved the attempt to come to grips with the problem of mind and body and how they interact. While the philosophical distinction between mind and body can be traced back to the Greeks, it is due to the influential work of René Descartes, (written around the 1630’s) that we owe the first systematic account of the mind/body relationship. When Descartes' friend and frequent correspondent, Marin Mersenne, wrote to him of Galileo's fate at the hands of the Inquisition, Descartes immediately suppressed his own treatise....   [tags: science] 2614 words
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The Importance of Regular Exercise in Mantaining a Healthy Body - Research topic: Evaluate the importance of regular exercise in maintaining a healthy body and mind; to what extent should the state play a role in ensuring that citizen exercise regularly. Refer to at least two counties in you answer. Context Introduction 3 Public view: 3 Doctor view: 3 Main body 4 What is healthy body and mind? 4 How healthy body and mind can be achieved? 5 Healthy and mind link? 5 How important is exercise regularly to maintaining a healthy body and mind? 6 Should state play a role? 7 Does state responsible for citizens? 8 Factors why government should be responsible for their citizens: 8 Factors why government should NOT be responsible for their citizens: 8 Conclusion 1...   [tags: body, mind, healthy people]
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The Distinction Between the Mind and Body - The Distinction Between the Mind and Body Some would choose to declare that every human being is both a body and a mind. Both being gelled together until death, than having the mind go on to exist and the body being lifeless. A person lives throughout two collateral histories, one having to do with what happens to the body and in it, and the other being what happens in and to the mind. What happens to the body is public and what happens to the mind is private. The events which reply to the body consist of the physical world, and the events of the mind consist of the mental world....   [tags: Papers] 476 words
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The Mind and the Physical Body - The Mind and the Physical Body Since the times of Plato and Aristotle, the argument of dualism and mutualism of the mind and body has been in existence. Dualism has been the driving force behind the existence of the mind/body problem and has been by far the majority view due largely to the influence of Descartes. In recent times, modern medicine has taken a shift towards mutualism. Outside stimuli, as perceived by the mind, affects the body either beneficially or adversely. While the body as an organism has the capacity to heal, evidence proves that the mind expedites recovery....   [tags: Personal Essays] 601 words
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Cartesian Dualism and the Union of Mind and Body - Cartesian Dualism and the Union of Mind and Body ABSTRACT: Cartesian dualism and the union of mind and body are often understood as conceptions that contradict each other. Diachronic interpretations maintain that Descartes was first a dualist (in the Meditations) and later on developed his stance on the union of mind and body (Passions). Some authors find here a problem without solution. Nevertheless, in the last two decades, some interpretations have been developed intending to give a positive solution to the difficult relation between Cartesian dualism and the union of mind and body....   [tags: Dualism Essays]
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The Road to a Healthy Body and Mind - The Road to a Healthy Body and Mind Having a healthy body and mind is not keep on dieting or starving ourselves. The purpose of the journey is how we balancing our body and mind positively. Anna Damitru (2013) explained that adding a consistent and balancing daily workout routine will contribute overall health improvement. She listed several steps in order to keep body and mind healthy. One of the steps is set our mindset in positive area which is we have to put our mindset in positive position transcend the negative area we work for....   [tags: balance, communication, moderation] 557 words
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Analyzing Individuation and Identity In Descartes´ Philosophical View of the Mind-Body Dualism - Every since Plato introduced the idea of dualism thousands of years ago meta-physicians have been faced with the mind-body problem. Even so Plato idea of dualism did not become a major issue of debate in the philosophical world until the seventeenth century when French philosopher Rene Descartes publicized his ideas concerning the mental and physical world. During this paper, I will analyze the issue of individuation and identity in Descartes’ philosophical view of the mind-body dualism. I will first start by explaining the structure of Cartesian dualism....   [tags: Rene Descartes, Plato, Cartesian dualism] 1098 words
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Obesity a Big Problem in the United States - Obesity is a big problem in the world today, especially in The U.S.A. Being overweight or obese can lead to health problems. These problems can be anywhere from diabetes to depression. To become fit and healthy, weight loss is the key. Things like regular excursing and a healthy diet can help speed up the weight loss process. A natural weight loss is the best way to be healthy and keep the weight that was loss off. Being healthy has great benefits. It reduces the chance for diseases related to being overweight such as diabetes or fibromyalgia....   [tags: health problem, weight loss, food] 1056 words
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Theoretical Relationship Between The Mind & Body - According to different theories; the human mind and body may or may not have a correlation. In other words, there are explanations that concur that the mind and the body have a relationship of some kind. Yet there are other explanations that may disagreed and appose the fact that there is such an idea of the mind and body correlation. In this paper I will discuss the history of theories regarding the relationship between mind and body, as well as my understanding of this relationship. I will also discuss how psychological factors and physical illness relate to each other....   [tags: monistic and dualistic theories]
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The Mind as a Function of the Body by Richard Taylor - Science cannot explain everything but it strives to look for answers and relies on proof. Religion is based solely on faith and believes in many things that do not make sense and do not have proof to support its ideas. The belief that there is a substance beyond the element that takes up no space, but is still connected with the body is one of them. The belief that the mind or soul are not linked to the body and that they are both two separate substances. The body is one and the mind is another....   [tags: article analysis, science, psychology]
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Therapeutic Placebo Effect:A Mind/Body Connection - Therapeutic Placebo Effect:A Mind/Body Connection Imagine you go to your doctor for chronic back pain and she tells you that she's going to give you a drug, yet she's not sure of its effectiveness because only approximately 40% of her patients have found it to be beneficial. How sure will you be that the outcome of this treatment will be positive. However, what if your doctor tells you she is giving you the newest, most beneficial drug treatment on the market and that she is very sure of how helpful it will be....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Mind and Body - Mind and Body Notebook Question 1: In her novel, Who is Julie. Barbara Harris invents the strange case of "Julia and Mary Frances." Mary Frances is out for a walk with her young child when suddenly the child breaks away and runs in front of a streetcar. Julia, who is nearby, sees what is about to transpire and throws herself in front of the child, pushing her to safety. Unfortunately, a double tragedy ensues. Julia, in her effort to save the child, falls across the tracks and is crushed by the streetcar....   [tags: Papers] 802 words
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Body Image - In contemporary times, the influence of the media on all aspects of culture and society has spread everywhere. This is especially the case in United States. One of the social cultural aspects particularly influenced by the media is body image. A surprisingly large number of individuals, the majority of which are young women, develop their body image in accordance with the ideas advanced by the media, which judge women’s attractiveness based on how thin they are. Body-image plays a very important role in our individualistic society, in which a woman’s identity is closely related to her body....   [tags: Body Image, weight, media, ] 655 words
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Female Soldiers Need Specialized Protective Body Armor - Female Soldiers Need Specialized Protective Body Armor In today’s ever changing world, people who serve in the United States military face extreme danger. Danger is eminent for both men and women when deployed abroad. For women the threat is even more apparent because protective vests were designed for a man’s body. Over a decade into the war against the Taliban, women’s protective gear is finally being developed. Some think perhaps a little too late, considering women have been deployed since the very start of the war....   [tags: importance of body movement in the field] 2010 words
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Cartesian Interactionism Theory - Cartesian Interactionism paper Cartesian Interactionism is the theory that we are composed of two kinds of things. Both the Religious argument and the Knowledge argument suggest and agree that we are made up of more than just a physical shell, that we have an immortal part of us. Yet, the Mind-Body problem and the Overdetermination argument argues that this is certainly not possible. The Cartesian Interactionism belief is a plausible view of the connection between mind and the body. Cartesian Interactionism is the belief best supported by Rene Descartes, he states that the mind and body are two separate kinds of things, yet they have a casual influence on each other....   [tags: dualism, mind, body] 657 words
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Descartes’ Arguments for the Existence of Body as Distinct from the Mind and His Justifications to Princess Elizabeth of Bohemia - Descartes Two years after Descartes published his meditations on first philosophy, Princess Elisabeth of Bohemia wrote with questions concerning the relationship between the immaterial soul and the corporeal body- specifically how anything immaterial could produce physical effects. She was neither the first nor the last to question this practical application of Descartes’ dualism, but her questions elicited the most comprehensive attempt to answer the question. In this paper I will examine Descartes’ arguments for the existence of body as distinct from the mind; outline Elisabeth’s objections and proposed solutions, and argue that Descartes’ responses to Elisabeth are inadequate to address...   [tags: Philosophy, Contradiction]
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Relationship Between Body and Mind and Physical Well-being - There is a special two-way communication between mind and body and it is known that psychological problems like anxiety or stress, which occurs in the mind, may take control over the body and cause illnesses and disorders and vice-versa. In this paper, we will look at the mind-body relationship and the body-mind relationship and note that the mind is about thought, consciousness, mental images and processes while the body is about how the brain is structured and the physical components of the brain neurons which may result in physical movements of the being....   [tags: Hormones, Anxiety, Fear] 543 words
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Philosophy: Descartes Views on the Differentiation Between the Mind and the Body - ... While both being ontologically separate substances, the essential basis of a claim referred to as Cartesian Dualism states that the unextended mind and the extended body still causally interact. Elizabeth had difficulty grasping the concept of this causal interaction as evident in her letter to Descartes whereby she requests an explanation of “how the soul of a human being (it being a thinking substance) can determine the bodily spirits, in order to bring about voluntary actions?” (Elizabeth 1643)....   [tags: brain, cartesian dualism] 884 words
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Transgender Surgery and the Separation Between Mind and Body - Is there a distinction between the mind and the body. And if so, where does a person’s sense of self and consciousness lay. If consciousness lies within the mind, how should humans’ treat the body, as valuable or invaluable. According to dualist views there is a separation between the mind and the body that transgender patients feel every day. Imagine the pain and frustration one might feel when the people around look at you and think you should act and dress one way but you feel differently. That is the frustration transgendered people feel daily....   [tags: gender, LGBTQ, Bruce Jenner]
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The Smell of Disappointment: A Study of the Mind, the Body, and the Building - The narrator in “The Axe” by Penelope Fitzgerald is the Manager of an unsuccessful company. This unnamed protagonist addresses a letter to his elitist, stereotypically self-important boss. The Manager explains the outcome of the redundancies that he had been assigned, reporting in full detail the termination of his clerical assistant, W.S. Singlebury, an older gentleman whose work is “his life” (Fitzgerald 667). In his letter, the Manager repeatedly makes reference to a pungent smell in the office, about which many staff members complain....   [tags: the axel,cultural representation, fitzgerald]
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Female Body Image and the Mass Media - Perhaps no time in history have body image standards had such an enormous impact on society. With today’s mass media people can be subjected to thousands of images and messages daily, portraying the “ideal” body image. The people most often portrayed and effected by these messages are young women. Females can feel constant pressure to live up to these ideals which are most often unattainable. This pressure can cause detrimental physical and mental states. To fully understand this problem we must first ask ourselves, “Why?” Why has the female body been pushed to the forefront of society and media....   [tags: Women's Body Image] 757 words
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The Mind-Body Connection - The mind has an incredible power. We see it as we go through our everyday activities, constantly displaying the wonders of logic, thought, memory and creativity. Yet, can the mind be more powerful than we know. Is it possible to reduce or even eliminate pain, illness and disease by using the natural powers it possesses. Can the mind heal. Many of our finest researchers and scientists have explored that question, and while the exact answer still eludes us, the facts seem to bear out that the mind does have the power to assist in both healing, and conversely, bringing on "disease" as well....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Thoughts that Influence the Body - Thoughts that Influence the Body If the brain could have a conversation with the body, it would sound something like this. The mind has noticed over the past couple of years, it feels like the body is being driven like a horse powered, locomotive steamed-engine. The body and mind are not getting any younger, so why the subconscious must be flooded with empty promises that will never be fulfill. Last year signed up to run a marathon in order to lose 15 lbs., which was gained over the holidays. The year before was succumbed to a grueling 70-hour workweek for that grand promotion that was given up after only two weeks....   [tags: stress, response, emotions] 998 words
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Mind And Machine - Mind and Machine: The Essay Technology has traditionally evolved as the result of human needs. Invention, when prized and rewarded, will invariably rise-up to meet the free market demands of society. It is in this realm that Artificial Intelligence research and the resultant expert systems have been forged. Much of the material that relates to the field of Artificial Intelligence deals with human psychology and the nature of consciousness. Exhaustive debate on consciousness and the possibilities of consciousnessness in machines has adequately, in my opinion, revealed that it is most unlikely that we will ever converse or interract with a machine of artificial consciousness....   [tags: essays research papers] 2418 words
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A Pandemic of the Mind - A disease is sweeping the nation. No, it does not involve fevers and running noses, but instead of a disease of the body, it is a disease of the mind: academic cheating. There are several different forms of academic cheating; from a student simply glancing at her seatmate’s paper to absolute plagiarism. There are various reasons which include such as desperation, ignorance and indolence. Cheating in any form is detrimental not only to the student, but to the entire education system, the student’s family, and the student’s future....   [tags: academic cheating, plagiarism] 973 words
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Mind Muscle Vs. Mind Mush - Let us see what Hitler thought of the masses he moved and how he did the moving. The first principle from which he started was a value judgment: the masses are utterly contemptible. They are incapable of abstract thinking and uninterested in any fact outside the circle of their immediate experience. Their behavior is determined, not by knowledge and reason, but by feelings and unconscious drives. (Huxley, 1958, p.3) If Hitler looked at mankind today with his opinion be the same. Would he succeed at moving the masses to the deplorable deeds as he once succeeded in doing....   [tags: Intelligence]
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Descartes and the Mind - The topic of the mind and how do we know has been around since the beginning of time. It is one of those questions that will most likely never be answered. I mean, the mind itself is so perplexing that we are still learning stuff about it daily. One question that Descartes proposed was “how do we know?” we still are pondering this one today. We ask it almost every day, maybe not in that way but in some form or another. So honestly, how do we know. Whenever Descartes started studying about the mind he denounced all of his previous opinions and started fresh....   [tags: Methodological Doubt, Perfection]
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Medical Technology and the Separation of Man's Body and Mind - Medical Technology and the Separation of Man's Body and Mind The human was once whole in days before, but somewhere in his journey to the present, he lost himself. His mind and body have become separate identities that are unaware of each other's existence. Modern society reflects and encourages those thoughts very well, in my opinion. If a person believes his body is broken, ill, or in need of upgrading, he will seek out a medical professional specialized in the area of distress. Arriving to the specialist, the patient demands quick and efficient treatments that will cure/fix/upgrade the weakness in his body; unaware of the effects this may cause him mentally....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Alcoholism- How Alcohol Affects the Body and Mind - In chemistry terms, alcohol is any organic compound where a hydroxyl group (-OH) is bound to a carbon atom from an alkyl. A hydroxyl group is a group consisting of an oxygen and hydrogen atom, bonded by a covalent bond. A covalent bonded is when two non-metals are bonded together. The type of alcohol suitable for consumption is known an Ethanol. Ethanol is a straight-chain alcohol, and its molecular formula is C2H5OH. Ethanol is one of the oldest recreational drugs. When a person drinks alcohol, it affects the central nervous system as a depressant, which causes a decrease in activity, anxiety, inhibitions and any underlying tension....   [tags: Alcoholism: Vice or Disease]
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Computers Mimic The Human Mind - The mind-body problem has captivated the minds of philosophers for centuries. The problem is how the body and mind can interact with each other if they are separate and distinct. One solution to the problem is to replace any mental term with a more accurate physical description. Eliminative Materialists take this idea to the extreme by stating that everything that is believed to be mental will someday be explained in terms of the physical world. One way that people try to prove Eliminative Materialism to be true is through technology....   [tags: essays research papers] 1440 words
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The Mind-Brain Problem Concerning Dualism and Materialism - The Mind-Brain Problem Concerning Dualism and Materialism I am faced with the philosophical task of defending either dualism or materialism, depending on which one is most attractive to me. So either I support the theory of dualism, which is the belief that there is both a physical and a spiritual state, or I believe in materialism, which is the belief that everything that exists is material or physical. Although I believe materialism to be easier to prove, I find dualism more attractive to believe....   [tags: Dualism Essays] 833 words
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The Biological and Psychoanalytical Perspectives in Psychology - In this essay the author will throughout compare the biological and psychoanalytical key features and core assumptions in psychology and show in what ways they are similar for example both being deterministic in there key features and core assumptions also how they differ for example the way they treat individuals with the same disorder differently. The biological perspective core assumptions suggest our nervous system performs functions like our behaviour, experiences and movements (Carlson 2010)....   [tags: Sigmund Freud, behaviour, body, mind]
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Mind Identity Problem - What is the definition of identity. Better yet, what is the definition of the mind and a person. There are so many definitions for identity but the definition according to www.onelook.com is the distinct personality of an individual regarded as a persisting entity. This defines identity the way I define it because, I think, personality serves as an important identifying factor for people. What makes a person a person and not like everyone else. Personality. So what is the mind. We all have personalities that make us different but make us who we are....   [tags: essays research papers] 443 words
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Descartes' Views on the Topic of Philosophy of Mind - Descartes' Views on the Topic of Philosophy of Mind Descartes has indeeed made some notable contributions towards the philosophy of mind. It is the aim of this essay to discuss these contributions. Descartes is well known for being an avid dualist. This is the view that the mind and body are understood to be seperate and distinct from each other, but in some way causally connected. Descartes was no exception and believed the mind and body to be two completely different substances....   [tags: Papers] 749 words
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Responses to the Doctrine of Mind-Brain Identity - Responses to the Doctrine of Mind-Brain Identity To be in pain is, for example, is to have one's c-fibres, or more likely a-fibres, firing in the central nervous system; to believe that broccoli will kill you is to have one's B(bk)-fibres firing, and so on. The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy:Chapter 5 'Philosophy of Mind' by William G. Lycan The theory or doctrine of mind-brain identity, as its name implies, denies the claim of dualists that mind and brain (or consciousness and matter) are distinct substances....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Papers] 2365 words
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The Problem of Evil - “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (Lewis, 1994, p. 91). Throughout history man has had to struggle with the problem of evil. It is one of the greatest problems of the world. Unquestionably, there is no greater challenge to man’s faith then the existence of evil and a suffering world. The problem can be stated simply: If God is an all-knowing and all-loving God, how can He allow evil. If God is so good, how can He allow such bad things to happen?Why does He allow bad things to happen to good people....   [tags: Christian Theology]
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Is Personal Identity in the Mind of the Beholder? - Personal identity is a very controversial aspect of life. Who are we. What defines us. According to John Locke, psychological continuity is what defines our personal identity. Locke discusses the case of the prince and the cobbler to help shape his theory. However, I absolutely disagree with Locke’s theory. Locke’s theory of personal identity creates many problems, such as the duplication problem. By reformulating Locke’s theory of personal identity, we still come across these problems that prove Locke’s theory false....   [tags: theory, duplication, memory, numerically] 805 words
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