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Discussion Post Assignment Description (4 parts):
1.) Please read Chapter 7 Mind in Philosophy the Basics as well as the excerpt below, and watch the video on consciousness. Please use these resources to answer the following questions:
What is the Mind/Body Problem?
If the mind is immaterial, how would movement possibly affect our thoughts and subjective experiences?
Consider the phrase, ‘Dancing Mind, Thinking Body’. We may often notice that our thoughts and ideas may flow more freely when we go for a walk or we may be able to resolve the issues of the day while we’re taking a jog or run. Sensations of fear or being overwhelmed may subside as we move.
How is our gut considered our “first brain”? Taking into consideration the Japanese concept of ‘hara’, could we conclude that the body is the mind and the mind is the body?
What is consciousness and how does the video explain why it evolved?
THE MIND/BODY PROBLEM
“In the way we describe ourselves and the world we usually make a distinction between the mental and physical aspects. Mental aspects are such things as thinking, feeling, deciding, dreaming, imagining, wishing, and so on. Physical ones include feet, limbs, our brains, cups of tea, the Empire State Building, and so on. When we do something, such as play tennis, we use both our mental and our physical aspects: we think about the rules of the game, where our opponent is likely to play the next shot, and soon, and we move our bodies. But is there a real division between mind and body, or is this just a convenient way of talking about ourselves? The problem of explaining the true relationship between mind and body is known as the Mind/Body Problem.”
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Descartes and the Discovery of the Mind-Body Problem
“The French philosopher René Descartes is often credited with discovering the mind-body problem, a mystery that haunts philosophers to this day. The reality is more complicated than that.
We have inherited the sharp distinction between mind and body, though not exactly in Descartes’s form, but we have not inherited Descartes’s “solution” to the mind-body problem. So we are left with the problem, minus a solution. We see that the experiences we have, such as experiences of color, are indeed very different from the electromagnetic radiation that ultimately produces them, or from the activity of the neurons in the brain. We are bound to wonder how the uncolored radiation can produce the color, even if its effects can be followed as far as the neurons in the visual cortex. In other words, we make a sharp distinction between physics and physiology on the one hand, and psychology on the other, without a principled way to connect them. Physics consists of a set of concepts that includes mass, velocity, electron, wave, and so on, but does not include the concepts red, yellow, black, and the like. Physiology includes the concepts neuron, glial cell, visual cortex, and so on, but does not include the concept of color. In the framework of current scientific theory, “red” is a psychological term, not a physical one. Then our problem can be very generally described as the difficulty of describing the relationship between the physical and the psychological, since, as Princess Elisabeth and Gassendi realized, they possess no common relating terms.”
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