Mind over matter? I: philosophical aspects of the mind–brain problem.

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  • Author(s): Schimmel, Paul
  • Source:
    Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Aug2001, Vol. 35 Issue 4, p481-487. 7p.
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    • Abstract:
      Objective: To conceptualize the essence of the mind–body or mind–brain problem as one of metaphysics rather than science, and to propose a formulation of the problem in the context of current scientific knowledge and its limitations. Method and results: The background and conceptual parameters of the mind–body problem are delineated, and the limitations of brain research in formulating a solution identified. The problem is reformulated and stated in terms of two propositions. These constitute a ‘double aspect theory’. Conclusions: The problem appears to arise as a consequence of the conceptual limitations of the human mind, and hence remains essentially a metaphysical one. A ‘double aspect theory’ recognizes the essential unity of mind and brain, while remaining consistent with the dualism inherent in human experience. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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