Difference Between Mind And Body

1449 Words Nov 23rd, 2015 6 Pages
When asked whether there is a difference between mind and body, most people (e.g. most non-philosophers) will likely answer with an immediate “yes.” This is due to the fact that we have the inherent belief that our mental processes differ from that of the physical. This idea just “seems” right. However, if we truly believe that the mind has a nonphysical existence then how can we reconcile the relationship between mind and body – an interaction between the nonphysical and the physical? Furthermore, if we concede that the laws of physics, which only acknowledge the existence of physical processes, are currently the most accurate descriptors of the world in which we live, how can we continue to maintain this idea of a nonphysical existence of the mind in a world solely influenced by physical causes? Therefore, in order to define “the mind”, we must first consider these two conflicting ideas and distinguish the characteristics and capabilities of the mind and how they differ from those of the body. In this paper I will argue that the mind is separate from the body and not merely defined as a series of physical states.
Our first option in defining the mind is to solely rely on the physical laws of nature. However, these physical laws only account for the physical states of the universe. Therefore, this option argues that our “mind states” are identical with “physical states” and when we speak of the mind we are merely stating a particular description of the physical world and…
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