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What is interactionalism?
Interactionalism is the view that mental and physical events interact with each other without being connected. (A physical event leads to a mental event which leads to another physical event, and vice versa)
Which Philosophers dealt with Interactionalism?
Rene Descartes
What are some problems with interactionalism?
-How would we know that our mind are not someone else's thoughts if the mind is separate from our body?
-The body is physical, how can a non-physical mind affect a physical body?
-How can we know if the physical "hurt" doesn't affect someone's else mind.
An example of interactionalism would be if someone poured hot water on one's hand(physical), it would lead the person to feel the "pain"(mental), which leads one to scream(physical). How would one know if this mental feeling of "pain" only effect himself and not anyone else?
Descartes would only know that he existed, therefore it only affected him, because he was the one acutally "thinking" and "feeling" it.
How did our mind, if it were non-physical, affect our body and vice versa?
According to Descartes, this interaction occured in the pineal gland