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Philosophy of Mind and Body


Hello everyone, this month at the Thinkers Club we are going to try and digest The Philosophy of Mind and Body. In the ancient Cabalist text “The Zohar” the mind and body are two parts of a triangle the third part being spirit. Their construction of this triangle is symbolic of their belief that all three in partnership make up the entire human being. Philosophers over the years have tackled these three parts but usually only one of the three and just touching lightly of the roll of the other two and sometimes completely dismissing the roll of one or more of the equation. Sometimes the dismissal is based on personal bias or the belief that although there maybe influences a true partnership doesn’t exist.

In today’s world of psychotherapy the therapist dwells on the balance of mind, body, spirit.

Is there a mind body problem, Is there and argument for dualism, is spirituality actually a part that can explain or solve the mind body problem, and so if there is a problem what are the solutions. Well that’s what we do at the Thinkers Club Figure it all out.

There isn’t a read for this meet up but reading is what we are going to have to do to gather data. It has been suggested by the member that chose this topic, that George Herbert Mead is a great source and the Wikipedia article is a good place to start. Plug in the topic to your favorite search engine and lets find as many diverse sources as we can and see if we can really have a great discussion and of course what you as an individual believe.

See you March 5, 7:00 Twinsburg Library

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed hearing about George Mead and Eichmanism.

    March 8, 2014

  • Laura

    Sorry I missed the Meet Up! I was excited about it! Had to make a decision not to go so I would't pass these pesky cold germs on!

    March 5, 2014

  • Martha N.

    Well, I think this is going t be a very interesting conversation. Although one that could get rather complicated. I started with the Wikepedia article "The Mind Body Problem" in which I became rather lost and disoriented in amongst all the descriptions of all the different variations on the topic. Then I switched to Thomas Nagle's chapter on it and felt right at home, even laughing out loud from time to time. Made me want to buy and read his book.

    March 5, 2014

  • Kristen B.

    I just purchased the book, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology. Harris L. Friedman & Glenn Hartelius (eds.). Chichester, UK.: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. , and am having trouble putting it down. All I want to do is read and smile, smile and read. I hope to be able to attend.

    March 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I discovered your group last night and look forward to meeting you all tomorrow!

    March 4, 2014

  • Mary C

    I hate to change my reply to a 'no' two days before the event- but I had something come up that I cannot avoid. My apologies; look forward to attending the next meet-up.

    March 3, 2014

  • Amy

    I had to change my RSVP because I'm not sure if I will be able to make it now....If I can, I will be there...I hope that's okay! This topic fascinates me!

    March 2, 2014

  • David M. R.

    Wikipedia has two useful articles: one titled “Mind–body problem”, and the other titled “Philosophy of mind.” The Encyclopedia Britannica also has an article titled “Philosophy of Mind.” Another very useful source is the chapter called “The Mind Body Problem” in Thomas Nagel’s “What Does it All Mean?—this book can be found by using your favorite search engine. Enter: {what does it all mean} when you search or you might get many hits of unrelated stuff.

    1 · February 17, 2014

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