The Mind And The Brain

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Over many years, scientists and philosophers have asked the question: is there any difference in the mind and the brain? These genius minds have searched without sleep trying to figure out this question, but, the puzzles behind our consciousness remain unsolved and unreachable. Philosophers such as Peter Carruthers argue that the mind is the brain and that objections like those made by, philosopher, Frank Jackson, are based on a “conflation of know-how with knowing-that. Again, we are left with the question of whether or not the mind is the brain or if the mind is a completely separate entity in itself. In order to figure this, very difficult and confusing question out, an overview of some philosophical theories can be made, along with an…show more content…
Pluralism is “the view that there are many kinds or categories.” (Robinson) In a gist, pluralism argues that, fundamentally, there is a single reality but it may present a different aspect of that reality. Before evaluating whether there is an existing relationship between the brain and the mind, there should be an explanation of what the mind is. One answer to the concept of the mind is that it causes a conscious experience and that it is a program or, wholly a system that monitors behavior. To break it down more simply, the mind can be defined as consciousness. Consciousness can, most obviously, be defined as the awareness of the things happening around us as well as the awareness that we exist. If we come to an assumption that the mind is a conscious happening, does mind control brain or is mind the result of what the brain is processing? Studies of the cognitive mind have gone so far as to argue that consciousness may arise from cellular or sub-cellular level of organization rather than, what is scientifically assumed, nerve circuitry. (Thagard) Alternatively, a certain conscious experience, by itself, cannot reckon for the mind as a major part of the behavior we display unconsciously. Some things, such as brightness and size, are preserved by our nervous system, falling below widely changing environmental things such as distance and light. (Thagard) Our consciousness is not immediately necessary for learning. For example, preparing is usually

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