Dualism versus materialism; amygdala evidence (Identity)

by David Turell @, Saturday, August 19, 2017, 15:20 (66 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: [...] Your concept of my theory that somehow the brain receives emotions is way off the mark.

dhw: [...] As far as emotion is concerned, is it your brain or your soul that feels joy, sadness, love, hate? Does your brain tell your soul that it wants to cheer, weep, embrace, throw a punch, or does your soul instruct your brain?

DAVID: Emotional feelings get involved with hormonal outrushes mediated from the brain. They start with thought (immaterial) to produce physical (material) results in the feelings of the body. The self/soul instructs.

dhw: “Get involved”? If emotions start with immaterial thought from the soul which produces material results from the brain, and the self/soul instructs, how can you argue that the brain does not “receive” the emotions? That is precisely the process we have agreed is the essence of your dualism: immaterial thought first (soul/self), material manifestations (brain/body) second. The material brain is the receiver of the immaterial.

I was simply adding the material effects the brain can induce with its control of hormones, Emotions are 'feelings' we have. Our self/soul is in charge, but thoughts or thoughtful reactions can have the brain create the feelings of emotions. Or more to the point, the adolescent male suddenly experiences an erection upon the visualization of a sexually arousing scene, as one obvious example.


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