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Hi, I added back the two paragraphs because I think that they represent a view on this subject that is broadly represented in the literature. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 19:06, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

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Hello. I'm deleting them again. It is misleading to equate the "mind-body problem" with dualism. To then say that dualism has been overcome by French structuralism makes no historical sense at all.

I did leave the other paragraph that you added, to reflect the view of many scientists.

This article had a call on it for an expert to edit it. I'm an expert and I edited it. Since this article is in the philosophy section, perhaps you will listen to a philosopher on this?

Ghwiki 20:14, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

I see your point. I moved the para to the section on dualism as it fits better there. Thanks for your input and patience.

regards

Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 21:36, 24 October 2008 (UTC)
The problem remains. It's simply false to say that Descartes' actual philosophy leads one to "devalue the body." His physics was an inspiration to Newton. In his Passions of the Soul, the body plays the primary role in mediating the emotions (and he viewed the emotions as basically good). The problem here is treating distant perceptions as historical fact. Since you clearly feel strongly about this, and probably are more willing to spend time re-editing the extensive work I did on this piece than I am, I've attempted to recast your point in a manner that places it in its historical context, while also recognizing the context of Descartes' own theory.
By the way, the sort of misinterpretation involved here can be seen in the original legend to the first figure in this article, which I also emended. The figure actually illustrates how the body might respond to the arrow w/o the intervention of mind, that is, on it's own, by means of physiological mechanisms alone. The figure does show the pineal gland, which Descartes held to be the seat of mind-body interaction. But in its original published context, it was an illustration of purely bodily mechanisms.

Ghwiki 00:48, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

Excellent. I really like what you've done. I think it clearly puts the issues in the proper context. Thanks for your diligence and patience. Dr. Becker-Weidman Talk 16:35, 25 October 2008 (UTC)

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