Dualism Argument Analysis

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In this paper, I argue, the human brain and the human mind are two separate entities present in the human body. To demonstrate this point I put forward the following supportive position. The brain and mind of human beings are different from each other. That the brain and mind have distinct roles in human beings. For the first counter argument, I will consider the physical aspect of materialism in regards to the mind and brain. As a response, I will reply, that the human mind and brain are separate, because human beings have free will. In the second opposing argument to dualism, I will present the idealist view that the human mind exists and man’s life is an illusion. As a retort I will submit Descartes founding point of his dualistic theory. In conclusion I will reiterate that the brain and mind are separate from each other, that cartesian dualism is true.
The first argument I put forward to support dualism is; the brain and mind of human beings are different from each other. They both have unique properties and distinctive roles in human beings. The brain has definable characteristics that can be observed and analysed (Robinson, 2012, p.2). For example the activity of the brain when sleeping is examinable on electroencephalograms (Marieb & Hoehn, 2013, p.452). A magnetic resonance
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However, in doing so, eliminated all material substances and disregarded science (Holden, 1991, p.1376). Therefore this idealist theory was not well received. Descartes disproved this theory with his own motto “I think, therefore I am” (Holden, 1991, p.1376). In other words, Descartes couldn’t dissuade himself that he did not exist because Descartes realised his thoughts were original. So, Descartes reasoned if his thoughts of his mind are real, the body that houses the thought exists and so the brain is real as well (Holden, 1991,

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