We are not our bodies

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Marks interviews Concordia University philosopher Angus Menuge on the notoriously difficult mind—body problem. Are we meat puppets limited to scientific analysis described totally by the laws of nature? But first, how do we know we are not just bodies? This portion begins at min. A partial transcript, Show Notes, and Additional Resources follow. Angus Menuge pictured : Well, the real question is how two such different realms can relate. But if we think of the mind as a thing, going back to the former idea of the soul, then the soul does not seem to take up space, or at least not in the same way.

I can introspect my mind and you can introspect yours, but I cannot observe your mind and nor can I introspect your mind. Robert J. Right now we have the ability to raise people who have been clinically dead and they talk about their minds separating from their body. Do you think this near-death experience is compelling evidence for the difference between the mind and the body? The evidence here, which is most extraordinary and telling are so-called evidential near-death experiences.

The patient reports, from the time at which there was no measurable brain function, witnessing s on medical machines, or the location of items like shoes, or facts that were subsequently independently verified. They actually recall things which we know objectively are true, which they could not have observed from their position when they were unconscious, certainly could not have seen through their eyes because their eyes were closed. They cannot be written off by hallucinations or a waking brain phenomenon as the person returns. They seem to provide evidence that there is a possibility of a consciousness which is separate from, distinct from normal brain functioning.

Note: Bruce Greyson, psychiatrist and author of After , recounts the case of a truck driver, fully anesthetized with his eyes taped shut, who sensed he was floating above his own body — and described the unusual actions of a surgeon waving his elbows at the time. The surgeon later confirmed that he routinely did that to avoid contaminating his surgical gloves by pointing with his fingers — something only colleagues would likely know. Some experiencers claim to have seen unusual colors and there is an interesting explanation of why they might have done so. Angus Menuge: If you think about the history of thinking about the soul, initially the soul was thought of as the form of the body, what gives a body its life as well as, in rational beings like ourselves, our consciousness.

This was the understanding that you have in Aristotle and Aquinas, for example. The mind-body problem starts to become severe when you get to the point of Descartes, because Descartes does an analysis of the essence of different kinds of substance. And likewise, you can have multiple experiences at the same time yet they all belong to one subject. And so he recognizes that his thoughts and experiences cannot be separated from him.

He is considered to have founded the mind—body problem in its modern form. Or you could keep on going down to the level of molecules and atoms. Part of its identity is tied to the one who is feeling the pain and the same thing is true for thoughts in general. Next: If the mind and body are so different, how can they interact? A look at different models of the mind—body problem. You may also wish to read: Four researchers whose work sheds light on the reality of the mind The brain can be cut in half, but the intellect and will cannot, says Michael Egnor.

The intellect and will are metaphysically simple. Podcast Transcript Download. Contributors Jonathan Bartlett William A.

We are not our bodies

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