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PSYC 213 01/07/2015 Lecture 2 The Mind/Body Problem (Faith, religion and spirituality) Issue: Whether view of consciousness is compatible with there being a higher power -The way we view the mind/body problem today is partly informed by the theory of evolution -Before Darwin, no one had a satisfying explanation for how complexity could arise from simplicity (Answer was a creator) -Darwin showed how simple forms could evolve to create complex forms (Photo receptors being sensitive to light) -None of this affects “faith-based” religion, only explanations for religious belief of a cetain form Ontological Problem: -What is the real nature of mental states and processes? -In what medium do they take place and how are they related to the physical world Dualistic (mental and physical) Dualist vs Monist Theories Several varieties of dualism: Mind and brain are fundamentally two different kinds of stuff Several varieties of monism (only brain and body stuff) Dualists: conscious intelligence is non physical -The real you is not in your material body, but rather is a non-spatial thinking substance (soul)
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Monists: conscious intelligence arises from purely physical activity (chemical, biological, physiological) (mental substances) Mental Substance -Conscious experience (throughts, beliefs, impressions)
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