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Mind body problem One of the most intriguing questions with which philosophers psychologists and scientists have struggled has to do with the relationship of the body and the mind Are people merely physical machines who respond only to physical stimuli Is there actually a mind that is distinct and separate from the body Are minds capable of surviving the death of the body Are we more than material objects In this paper I want to explore some of the questions regarding this issue The mind-body problem is the problem of determining the relationship between the human body and its mind Are our minds something different from our physical bodies Suppose we think that the mind is a substance of some sort -- a mental substance We might still ask Is there some way to explain what the mind a mental substance is in terms of physical substance Or will we maintain that the mind is something totally different from physical bodies and that we cannot explain what the one is in terms of the other at all Suppose instead that we deny that the mind is some mysterious substance and we hold instead that there are only mental events and that the mind designates no more than a series of mental events We can still inquire about the relation between mind and body in a different way in terms of the relation between mental events and physical events We can ask Are mental events totally different from physical events so that you cant explain what mental events are in terms of physical events or are mental events somehow explainable as being the same as physical events For example when John feels a pain a mental event is occurring now is that pain even possibly the same as something that occurs in Johns brain such as the firing of some special group of neurons Now this question we will examine The
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