Two Major Ideas In The Mind Body Debate

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There are two major ideas in the mind, body debate: physicalism, and dualism. Physicalism states that the human being is a composition of different neurological and biological functions, that there is no mind, only the brain. This belief is due to the idea that there is no comprehensive evidence of a mind. However, if a mind does exists, it would fill in components of the person that the brain alone cannot. If a person is viewed solely as their physical reactions, then aspects of the person, like where their thought and ideas steam from, are lost. This is evidence of a mind. The last idea, dualism, is the belief that that the mind and the body have completely different properties and function separately. Thus, one can exist without the other.

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