Philosophy of Mind
Where is your mind? No, I don’t mean to ask if it has wandered off. I’m getting deep here. Is it a part of your body? Does it exist in your brain? Is it a completely separate entity? What even is a mind?
Many philosophers who study the mind argue that the mind controls our consciousness, but what does this mean? Consciousness has been described as everything you experience, all the feelings that go along with these experiences, and what you learn from them. It is your subjective experience in the world, which makes it difficult for philosophers to study consciousness and the mind. It is also difficult to determine who or what is deemed a “conscious being.” Your experience is much different from that of the succulent 🪴 sitting in your window, even though you are both living beings, so being alive may not equal having consciousness.
There are many theories of the mind. Physicalists claim that the mind and brain are one and the same . They claim that the only things that truly exist are physical. If, for instance, you decided to join the line at Starbucks for a coffee, it’s because neurons are firing in your brain that makes you crave coffee. Dualists, on the other hand, say our minds are non-physical substances (think something like the soul) . For dualists, the mind and brain are distinct. What do you think?
Crash Course Psychology
- PHILOSOPHY – Mind: Mind-Body Dualism
- What is consciousness?
- The Zombie Argument
- Consciousness — the final frontier
- Where Does Your Mind Reside?
Questions to Think About
What makes you you?
What is consciousness? How does it relate to the mind and body?
Are we our brains?
Are you a body with a mind? Or a mind with a body?
Does simply existing endow us with consciousness?
Are there different types of consciousness?
Can non-human animals have consciousness?
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- The state of being awake and aware of one’s surroundings
- belief that the mind and body are two separate entities
- belief that the mind and brain are the same thing
- belief that the only things that exist are physical, which implies the denial of the mind
- belief that mental states that result in action are real
- individual, subjective experiences of consciousness
- Mind-Body Problem
- the problem of how the mind relates to the body