Mapping the world's opinions

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What is the Mind-Body problem?

What is the mind? Since the beginning of civilization, we have grappled with the idea of consciousness. Could the study of our brain and nervous system account for conscious thought? If not, what are the relationships between the non-physical processes and the physical ones?

Mind-Body Problem: Dualism

Human beings are made up of two distinct parts; the physical body and the non-physical mind.

The Free Will Argument

The fact we have freewill means we must not be bound by the laws of physics. Explore

First Person Authority

Mental states are intrisically knowable, but physical states require inference and experience. Explore

The Knowledge Argument (Qualia)

Not all experiences can be reduced to physical processes. Explore

Property Dualism

Mental phenomena need physical phenomena to exist, but both are different entities. Explore

Mind-Body Problem: Idealism

Idealists believe that only the mind exists and everything that we perceive in the physical world is merely a composition.

Hemiplegic Stroke Victims

A case study. Explore

Mind-Body Problem: Materialism

Humans are made out of purely physical matter.


Darwin's theory of evolution. Explore


The progresses made in neurological science Explore

Ockham’s Razor

The simplest explanation is always the strongest. Explore


Beliefs are constructed from experiences. Explore

Mind-Body Problem: Functionalism

Our mental states can be reduced to a functional response to a stimulus.

Putnam's Functionalism

Hilary Putnam was a strong proponent of functionalism. Explore

The Weakness of Materialism

Functionalism relies on the failure of materialism. Explore
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