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Question by Bobby: Solutions or arguments for the mind/body problem?
I just want to know some general solutions/arguments to the mind/body problem from both a dualist and monist view?

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Answer by Brandi
I can’t give you a solution to the mind/body problem, or the monist view. I can say that the monist argument is more plausible because its reasons are based on scientific evidence. However, consciousness is a highly subjective experience; science is objective. For example, the identity theorist (a monist view) would argue that brain states and consciousness are the same thing. In order for this theory to work, you would have to be able to imagine neurons firing in your brain equaling your perceptions, memory, thoughts, desires, everything of the mind. They are one and the same according to the identity theorist.
For me, it is hard to imagine an electrochemical message is what makes me who I am. Then again, the dualist view has a harder time proving it.

Descartes wrote on dualism. He wanted to find a belief that he could not doubt through reason. The only way he could do this was to doubt every one of his beliefs until he found a belief that was undoubtable, in which he could base all other new beliefs. He comes to the cogito or the “I think, therefore I am.” and concludes that his mind, or the thing that thinks is the only thing that is undoubtable. However, Descartes forgets that he must trust his reason in order to doubt this far. In his thought experiments, reason surely gets eliminated, so he can’t get to the cogito, which in turn means he does not know that just his mind exists.

Another form of dualism is religious/spiritual beliefs. These are even harder to prove. Descartes tried to get away with it through reason. Spiritual beliefs rely on intuition which cannot be proved. And some of these arguments are not even plausible.

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