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Mind-Body distinction We usually view the mind as the brain and body as something physical The mind may be better known and understood when one is thinking When thinking the mind is made up purely of thoughts and the body is an extension The mind is telling the body what to do The mind is a mental entity and the brain itself is the physical body Although one can not have a mind with out a brain the mind and brain differ in which one is mental and the other physical Together the mind and body are like a foundation Empirically we know that the mind needs a brain to exist but the mind is not a physical substance Moreover a brain sits useless unless it has a mind Substances with shape mass and other physical properties characterize the physical In contrast substances without any size shape mass often characterize the mental One of the first things about our bodies is that they have limitations that we may think are not there Our bodies seem to be what they are no matter what we think about them Although you can change your body by changing your body image you can never become the ideal person you think you can be Thus our bodies seem to exist and be what they are independently from what any mind thinks they are Are bodies are physical and can not be changed because we can see them change in our mind The body can be controlled by the mind to do certain things but the mind can not change our physical appearance The main characteristic of the mind is the ability to think A mind does more than take in information from the world and react to it The mind has hopes feelings and beliefs It is aware of the world and
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