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This weeks topic is the beginning of metaphysics Metaphysics is the study of the ultimate nature of reality Within this subject is the argument of mind versus matter In this report I will expand on my thoughts of idealism and the brain and body versus the mind Idealism is the theory that the body itself is nothing but a collection of actual or possible sense-data- sights sounds touches and smells I suppose taste would just be a type of touching since it isnt included in the list of senses mentioned in the quote Incorporated with the theory of idealism is the idea of dualism Dualism according to Descartes is the thought that mind and body are completely independent of each other and are capable of surviving without the other My thought is including another type of sense into the concept of idealism thought itself If thought could be considered as somewhat of a sense then the mind could fit in the definition of a body according to idealism Then mind and body would become one because thought I believe is what truly makes up the mind To expand on this idea the fact of the brain versus the mind comes up The brain is matter which sits inside a persons head The mind is not considered to be matter because it cannot be seen touched smelled or heard by another person But the person inside the body can This means the brain of the body is directly related to the mind Without a brain there would be no mind Without a body there could be no brain This means that the body is also necessary for a mind to exist The brain could be removed and artificially survive but no one can create a brain without a body This means in my opinion that dualism is for lack of a better term wrong The body and mind are dependent on each other by
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