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PSY310 / PSY 310 / Mind/Body Report

PSY310 / PSY 310 / Mind/Body Report

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Mind/Body Report: Prepare a minimum 750-word report in which you discuss the ―Mind/Body‖ problem in philosophy. In your discussion, be sure to answer the following questions: a. What is the realm of mind and consciousness? b. How does the realm of mind and consciousness relate to the physical body? c. Is there such a thing as an independent mind that transcends physical functions of the body through the central nervous system? Why or why not? This is not considered a formal paper so APA Standards will not be expected; however, you must cite your reference(s). You must use at least one reference. (See section of the syllabus regarding appropriate references.) This is due in the Main Forum on Monday of Week One. Do not post as an attachment. Post your report in the body of a message to the thread I will start.
Mind/Body Report: Prepare a minimum 750-word report in which you discuss the ―Mind/Body‖ problem in philosophy. In your discussion, be sure to answer the following questions: a. What is the realm of mind and consciousness? b. How does the realm of mind and consciousness relate to the physical body? c. Is there such a thing as an independent mind that transcends physical functions of the body through the central nervous system? Why or why not? This is not considered a formal paper so APA Standards will not be expected; however, you must cite your reference(s). You must use at least one reference. (See section of the syllabus regarding appropriate references.) This is due in the Main Forum on Monday of Week One. Do not post as an attachment. Post your report in the body of a message to the thread I will start.

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Mind and Body Paper Descartes is the father of the mind body problem. He was a mathematician and philosopher who lived in France during the 17th century. This problem is founded on the principle of dualism. This is also termed Cartesian dualism. Descartes theorized that the mind and body are two separate entities. His consideration of this idea was based on his conception of the mind having a separate locus from the body. This is the traditional foundation of the idea of dualism. Descartes held that the mind bears no consequence since it is a nonextended material through which we conduct the activities of feeling, rational thinking, exercise our will and imagine. The body he saw as only matter. He called this extended substance, which is anything that occupies physical space.

But the reverse is not true. 2007). in turn. “He knew that his mind had to tell his body when to eat or when to move away from a fire but even if he did not have these thoughts or sensations. simple beings. He worked out from this discovery to try and describe the elements of mind and consciousness. He saw the body as exerting an effect upon the mind in the form of sensory perception and the mind exerting its affect upon the body through motor actions. His argument held that humans differed from animals in that animals were only mechanistic. The mind does not need . His most pertinent discovery for science was that the mind exerted notable influences over the body and the body. He believed that they lacked the capacity for logical reasoning and language as we know it and interpreted this to mean that they did not possess ‘mind’. emotion. He believed that humans. (Robinson.He put forth that these two acted in a causal way upon one another. Descartes attempts to explain the mind body connection created a dilemma within the studies of philosophy and psychology. spirit and God. It is through these two disciplines that the concepts of mind and consciousness have arisen. Descartes held that the mind was not a defined physical substance. on the other hand. The study of modern psychology is based in philosophy. it is impossible to think of imagination or sensation or purposeful movement without a mind. It was demonstrated through an individual’s ability for thought. had the same mechanical type of body. but that it was endowed with ‘mind’ which gave them the capacity to reason. he could still think. affected the mind.

He talked about the reflexes. Soul in the year 1649. through ‘animal spirits’. It is the process of will and training that allows one’s body to gain these skills. He illustrated how their movement was accomplished . Skills can be consciously developed that are naturally quite strenuous or difficult. Descartes endeavors to explain the mind body association. a person who exhibits hypochondriac tendencies will reinforce mentally the idea that they are ill or injured even when they are actually quite well. Mind is a tool in itself.conscious thought to continue to think but there can be no conscious thoughts. 2008). For instance. In this text. Descartes engaged most of his waking hours in the study of the mind and consciousness. This mind and consciousness is supposed to be what separates man from the other animals. He paid particular attention to the continuous nature of the He published The Passions of the connection between the body and the mind. such as the practice of yoga. Mind is developing body in this case. It can be used to change the physical body. Mind and consciousness are used by man to exert control over their bodies. Mind and consciousness can exert notable power over the physical body in these ways. sensations and the body and the He accounted for the movement of muscles direct associations between them. The physical body acts in concert with the mind and consciousness to form one being. without a mind to think of them. Descartes believed that our ability to control our needs and desires as well as our interests and wants is an indication of our mind and consciousness.” (Hernandez. It can work in the negative as well.

a monk who sits for hours meditating in an extremely cold environment may actually be seen to emit steam from his warm body. Research supports this idea of an independent mind. a problem” ( Hernandez. Some theorists hold that the mind is an independent entity which can transcend our physical needs by making use of our central nervous systems. 2007). He saw the decision to react to a sensation as a deliberate act that was willed by the mind. The body was seen as receiving brain signals which caused a sensation and reactions. Other research contradicts this body of work. These reactions arose from the movement of the animal spirit in the brain. that there is an independent mind that can transcend the body. Descartes gave the world a "jumping off point" with his dualism studies but the mind/body problem will always remain just that. “As of now. all that is known is that the body and mind are connected even though they are separate. Or in this case. There will always be another scientist or psychologist trying to provide proof of the nature of the relationship between the mind and the body. For instance. .through this spirit that worked between brain and muscles.

standford. 2007). Christina. (October 10. (July 11. Retrieved on August 16.com/article/853699/the_mindbody_problem__pg2_ pg2. 2009 from http://plato. The Mind-Body Problem. Howard.html?cat Robinson. Retrieved on August 16. Dualism.References Hernandez. 2008).associatedcontent. 2009 from http://www.edu/entries/dualism .

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