The Dualist Concept Of The Mind And The Human Mind

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Like a Hermit Crab and its shell, the substance we define as a human being is not one single entity but is two entirely different entities, connected but completely distinct from one another. First we have the physical world that surrounds our lives daily. In this world we are able to distinguish things like the natural wonders. For example, trees and crystal formations. These objects exist, extended spatially, within a three dimensional physical realm we interact with every day. Among these wonders is the human brain. Because of the brain we are able to conceive these wonders, even the conception of the brain itself. Through modern science we are able to understand the physical processes of the brain. Yet, there is still a realm of existence that remains outside of the physical world. This second realm can be referred to as the mental world. The mental realm …show more content…
If there is truly an immaterial substance linked to our bodies that makes us a thinking thing, then there has to be some degree of free will. A criticism of freedom of thought regularly held is that the immaterial mind cannot have total free will of mind because it is impossible to think of not thinking. Or possibly thinking of nothing. I feel this is a straw man. Admittedly there is a level of restriction in “free will” of the mind, it is obvious that we cannot think of nothing. The boundaries of freedom do not represent free will. Free will is the decision making process within the boundaries of the conceivable. It is likely though that existence is determined for the most part. It is not deterministic because of an infallible omniscient God. Because we understand causation, we understand that there is sufficient reason that causes come before effects. If the commonly embraced theory of the big bang is true than the universe is one big reaction that started with one big cause. In that respect our actions are just chemical and physical

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