Mind Body Epiphenomenalism

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Austin 1 Stacie Austin Philosophy Luke Johnson March 2, 2008 Argument against Epiphenomenalism There he was, the young man in the photograph, just sitting there in my hands staring back at me. I felt my hands beginning to tremble, and my cheeks were beginning to burn. “Don’t do it, not now, not in front of everyone… stop it Stacie, stop it,” I kept telling myself; but before too long, my sadness and pain turned into complete embarrassment. The tears were running down my face, and I could not help but to just sit there while the rest of my family wondered what I was looking at to have brought me to tears in front of everyone. Now, my sadness turned to embarrassment, and then my embarrassment turned to relief as I turned this photograph that I had kept secret over to my grandfather, as he, the strong World War II veteran, began to cry with me. I was relieved, and eventually a few other people began to cry as well. Here I was, sitting with my family, crying as we all sat and missed the young man in the photograph, my cousin Erich. At first I was crying because he was taken away from us too quickly, but then I was embarrassed to be crying in front of everyone. As soon as my grandfather began crying though, I was relieved to know that I was not alone. A few days later, I was sitting in philosophy class at UGA, discussing the “Mind-Body Problem,” and the only thing that kept surfacing in my memory was the previous weekend with my family. Was I physically crying because of a memory in my physical mind that triggered the
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Austin 2 pain? Or, was my mind totally separate from my body, triggering my brain to tell my body how to respond to the pain? I was confused, as I really was uncertain now of my events from the previous weekend. Did the physical cause the mental? Did the mental cause the physical? All the students left the class with some clue as to whether each person existed as a mind or body, or perhaps a combination of both, but there I was, walking down the steps of Peabody questioning everything I have learned in biology. Was I a mind or a body, or both? Many theories exists in philosophy that try to explain the question, “What am I, a mind or a body?,” also known as the “mind-body problem.” According to philosophers Plato, Descartes, Locke, and Moreland, the “dualist interactionism”, or the belief that people exists as mental and physical, is the most accurate philosophy theory behind this age old question. On the other hand, if I asked someone like actor and scientologist Tom Cruise, he would say that humans exist as minds alone; this belief is also the central belief surrounding Hinduism. Finally, a third popular theory attempting to answer this mind-body problem is the theory that humans exists as bodies
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2008 for the course PHIL 1000 taught by Professor Farnham during the Spring '08 term at UGA.

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