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Ruud Kempers Wed, Jan 23, 2008
Folkert, nice subject. In order to find an answer to your question ( subject above) I typed
'Mind vs Body' and found this with the help of google. It might give you some interesting theories to think about.

By Fergus Duniho

A Thesis Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of master of science.

Start here...

- The mind is that part of the body that transforms sensory data into a more useful form, namely knowledge. The task of the mind is essentially similar to the task of the digestive system. The digestive system transforms food into something that the body can use, and the mind transforms sensory data into knowledge about the world -

The Mind/Body Problem


1 - Bodies are physical.

One of the first things that we discover about our bodies is that they have limitations that we cannot think away. Our bodies seem to be what they are no matter what we think about them. Although you can change your body by changing your body image, you will never have a super-powerful body like Superman has by thinking that you do. There seem to be facts about our bodies that our minds can't change. Thus, our bodies seem to exist and be what they are independently from what any mind thinks they are. It seems that our bodies are physical, for our bodies do not change with our every change in belief about them. If someone takes drugs, for example, and subsequently believes that he can fly like Superman, he will kill himself if he jumps off the roof of a skyscraper. Furthermore, our bodies seem to be affected by things that take our minds by surprise. If you aren't paying attention, a falling safe could kill your body before your mind has any idea of what is happening. Finally, there are many things that we do not know about our bodies, which seems to indicate that they are more than whatever we think they are.

2 - Minds are not physical.

It may seem as though minds are non- physical, for thoughts do not seem to have anything in common with anything else we call physical. For example, a board is extended in space, but the thought of a board does not seem to be extended in space. An anvil is heavy, but we can't say that a mental image of an anvil is heavy. We can locate a radio wave, but nobody has yet located a thought. Also, we can describe many things with physics, but so far, nobody has reduced psychology to physics.

3 - Minds and bodies interact.

It seems that the mind and body interact, for you can think of something that you want to do, such as type the words in a sentence, and then have your body do it. Also, it is through your sense organs, which are a part of your body, that you are conscious of the world about you. Furthermore, any of your mental attributes can be affected by the state of your body. A chemical imbalance in your brain can make you unhappy. Hunger or fatigue can make you irritable or draw your mind off of deep philosophical problems. Exercising your body can make your mind more active and better able to think.

4 - The physical and non-physical can't interact.

Finally, it would seem that the physical and non-physical cannot interact. The problem here is not one of conflict with experience, but one of conceivability. If the physical and non- physical have nothing in common with each other, as many are apt to believe, then it is difficult, if not impossible, to conceive how they could interact with each other. Furthermore, some even believe that physical interaction with the non-physical would violate the second law of thermodynamics.

More stuff too think about here;

The Mind/Body Problem and its Solution