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September 25, 2013

The Mind-Brain Problem

by Angel Pumila

The Mind-Brain Problem

The mind-brain problem is a debate that has been going on for centuries between both scientists and non-scientists without complete resolve. Some Neuropsychologists believe that the mind is simply a collection of actions that the brain produces. On the other hand, philosophers such as Democritus, Plato, and Aristotle took a dualist approach in believing that the mind and brain were two separate entities. Without the mind being an observable entity, it’s hard for either side to prove their stance on whether they operate separately or together.

Most scientists today believe in the monistic position to the mind-brain problem. Monists believe that the matter exists in physical form (i.e., the brain) and the mind is the group of actions that the brain wants carried out. Because the mind cannot be observed without the brain’s involvement, I agree that the mind and brain are one in the same. Actions and thoughts cannot be carried out without the brain’s initiation. Therefore, they must be one in the same. The mind is awareness of the thoughts produced by the brain.


Garrett, B. (2011). Brain & behavior: An introduction to biological psychology (3rd ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


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