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Cognition 2

G pineal glandthe seat of the soul my view is that

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Unformatted text preview: 8 Mind ­Body •  Specifying the mind ­body rela:onship (1)  Interac:onism (2)  Epiphenomenalism (3)  Parallelism (4)  Isomorphism Psych213 Winter 2012, Prof Ris:c Slide Number 9 Mind ­Body (1) Interac:onism: Descartes: Mind and body are separate but they interact (e.g., pineal gland ­the seat of the soul ) My view is that this gland is the principal seat of the soul, and the place in which all our thoughts are formed. The reason I believe this is that I cannot find any part of the brain, except this, which is not double. Since we see only one thing with two eyes, and hear only one voice with two ears, and in short have never more than one thought at a :me, it must necessarily be the case that the impressions which enter by the two eyes or by the two ears, and so on, unite with each other in some part of the body before being considered by the soul. Now it is impossible to find any such place in the whole head except this gland; moreover it is situated in the most suitable possible place for this purpose, in the middle of all the concavi:es; and it is supported and surrounded by the liFle branches of the caro:d arteries which bring the spirits into the brain. Psych213 Winter 2012, Prof Ris:c Slide Number 10 Mind ­Body (1) Interac:onism: Not prevalent in modern science. •  Roger Sperry Split ­Brain studies: Consciousness is an emergent property Psych213 Winter 2012, Prof Ris:c Slide Number 11 Mind ­Body (2) Epiphenomenalism Mind is a byproduct of the brain. Mental st...
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