What Is the Mind: A Dual Between the Mind and Body
“I am a thinking thing”. That is the only thing Rene Descartes was certain of, and as of this very moment that I type these words onto this soon to be paper, I agree that it is the only thing I am certain of as well. There are many theories about what the mind really is, but the theory of Mind-Body Dualism stands out from the crowd. I will be going over the theory itself, advantages of this theory, the disadvantages, and further explain my personal thoughts on this topic. Descartes was indeed intrigued by the mechanistic findings in science but that simply wasn’t good enough for him in terms of explaining the mind.
So in fact; Descartes didn’t propose the Mind-Body Dualism Theory first. That person who did was the great philosopher Plato. But what Descartes did do was dive deeper into the theory than Plato ever did. Descartes concluded that we are mind. “A thinking thing. What is a thinking thing? It is a thing that doubts, understands, affirms, denies, wills, abstains from willing, that also can be aware of images and sensations.” (Consider Philosophy, 158). To a lesser extent he admits we are body as well; “I have a body with which I am very closely conjoined, yet since on the one hand I have a clear and distinct idea of myself in so far as I am only a thinking unextended thing, and on the other hand a distinct idea of body, in so far as it is only an extended unthinking thing, it is certain that I am truly distinct from my body, and can exist without it.” (Consider Philosophy, 158). He says the body is an entirely different substance than the mind. He goes on to say the physical consists of weight, shape, and size which are properties that are not shared with the mind. The brain is a physical substance while the mind is a different substance altogether but they are closely related.
One advantage of this theory against other theories is that it coincides with beliefs that people already have. For...
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