Functionalism vs Mind

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Mind-Brain Identity Theory Vs Functionalism It is not rare to relate the mind to the brain because we know that the mind and the brain do work together, but when it comes to simply describing the mind's role in the world we get confused. Since childhood science we are taught that mental states cause physical states; for example if Sarah has the desire to raise her hand (mental state), Sarah will raise her hand (physical state). However, it is certain that our brains are a physical object, but it is not certain that the mind is. When someone pinches us, we immediately feel a mental state of pain, but its hard to determine how you feel a mental state of pain through a state that is not physical. The question being, how can a physical object cause the mind to perform an experience? Many theories continue to investigate the role of mind. One of the well-known theories in philosophy is the Mind-Brain identity Theory which simplifies the mind-body problem by making physical brain states identical with mental states Mind-Brain identity Theorists believe that the act of mental state of sensations or desires are actually a brain process. Mind-Brain identity theory claims that all mental events are type-identical to our brains physical events, and for every mental state there is a brain-state with which it is identical. For example, every pain event is identical with the C-fibers firing. Developed in the 1950's by Smart and Feigl; this theory was mainly influenced since modern research suggested that different parts of our brains were associated and were contributing to different actions. This theory explained experiencing pain due to a certain neurological state in the brain consisting of interactions between neurons and axons. Identity theory proposes that our mind and brain and identical, and that our mind in fact is our brain. In contrast,

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