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[quote=steve_h,Feb. 03 2011,18:36]
|Quote (Robin @ Feb. 03 2011,22:36)|
|Quote (Raevmo @ Feb. 02 2011,12:44)|
|Dumbest argument ever for dualism? Courtesy of StephenB:|
|It is clear that two entities possessed by the individual must be involved for the placebo effect to work. If B [the changed state of an organ called the brain] is influenced, then it is also clear that B did not change itself, and therefore, A [a different kind of entity had to change it]. Further, A must be more powerful than B, which again, shows then A must be a different kind of entity than B.|
Soooo...waaaait...does this mean StephenB thinks that placebos actually affect the soul which in turn tricks the brain into thinking that the placebo actually had the desired medicinal effect? Or is the mind something different from the soul?
I'm so confused...
StephenB is entirely correct. The mind knows how to fix most medicinal problems, but it feels it must wait until a doctor gives it the go-ahead in the form of a sugar pill (or whatever). Once the Doctor's approval has been given, the mind can twiddle exactly those neurons, synapses and such that the mind knows will cause the body to fix itself.
What I don't understand is how, although my mind knows all this brain twiddling stuff, I still know fuck all about it.
It's not that complicated.
For example, my soul just told my mind to tell my brain to tell my eyes to read what you've written. My eyes conveyed information to my brain, which passed it to my mind and up the pipe to my soul. My soul nodded approval, and told my mind to tell my brain to tell my fingers to type this, to let you know.
Explains about everything.
Myth: Something that never was true, and always will be.
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