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In the Sixth Meditation Descartes makes a point that there is a distinction between mind and body It is in Meditation Two when Descartes believes he has shown the mind to be better known than the body In Meditation Six however he goes on to claim that as he knows his mind and knows clearly and distinctly that its essence consists purely of thought Also that bodies essences consist purely of extension and that he can conceive of his mind and body as existing separately By the power of God anything that can be clearly and distinctly conceived of as existing separately from something else can be created as existing separately However Descartes claims that the mind and body have been created separated without good reason This point is not shown clearly and further although I can conceive of my own mind existing independently of my body it does not necessarily exist as so On page 56 when Descartes talks about how sailors are related to ships and why the mind body union is different he is vague on the metaphorical analogy To try to get his point across dualism is used Descartes is talking about something called interactionist substance dualism He is stating that the mind and body causally interact with one another This can be summed up to say that as easily as the mind can cause changes in the body the body can also cause changes in the mind Therefore the mind and body must be intimately united An example of this is having the intuition to raise your hand Your mind thinks about raising your hand and your body automatically does so Contrary to this if you step on a pin your body tells your brain it has stepped on something sharp thus causing pain and your brain tells you that you have pain and to get off In order to follow this you must have a strong belief in the
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