Science of the mind

Science of the mind - W here Is M y M ind A b rief...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–4. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Where Is My Mind? A brief exploration into what may never be By Tosh Lloyd (260-358-288) [email protected] Abstract This essay will speak to issues such as the nature of the human mind and the nature of natural sciences in order to discuss the possibility of a satisfying mind science. We first analyze the human mind. What it is and how it acts. Unfortunately
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
the human mind is far from perfect. The nature and imperfections of the human mind are ultimately the crutches that have prevented a successful mind science up to this point in time. In this paper I will prove that a science of the mind, which produces theories with the same predictive and explanatory accuracy and as that of the natural sciences, can never be. I will speak to issues such as the non-physical nature of the human mind and the strictly physical nature of the natural sciences. I will also address a select few scientific and philosophic attempts to quantify and explain the human mind and all of its processes. Before we begin to discuss a science of the mind lets first analyze the subject in question; the human mind. For the sake of this paper I am defining the mind as consciousness , experienced as a combination of thought , perception , memory , emotion , will and imagination , including all unconscious cognitive processes. Therefore a science of the mind would be a domain of study whose aim is explain and quantify phenomenon of the mind. I feel it necessary to leave the definition as such for this area of debate is large enough that it will swallow this paper whole. I would also like to be clear on my distinction between the mind and the brain. The 2
Background image of page 2
processes situated inside of the skulls of most human beings. This distinction is an important one because at its core it is the division between physical and non- physical. This anti-physicalist view of the mind can be proven by an argument from reason. C.I Lewis (1929) wrote that the human mind couldn’t be merely physical due to its ability to assert truth and falsehood. For an assertion to be capable of truth or falsehood it must come from a rational source (reason). No merely physical material or combination of physical materials constitutes a rational source; therefore no assertion falsehood can come from a merely physical source. Since the human mind is capable of assertions of truth and falsity it cannot be a merely physical source. This is not to say that the mind exists completely independent of the brain. The mind is hosted within the body and every aspect of the body effects the proper functioning of the mind. This is due more heavily to the importance of the brain to proper body function rather than mind function. It is true that a damaged brain will hinder proper mind function yet by the same token if the heart is removed the mind cannot properly function; yet it is unreasonable for one to say that the heart is the mind. The mind-body problem is one that has plagued philosophers and scientists for eons. 3
Background image of page 3

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 4
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 12/10/2010 for the course PSYCH 333 taught by Professor Lydon during the Winter '10 term at McGill.

Page1 / 10

Science of the mind - W here Is M y M ind A b rief...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 4. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online