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Mind & Body relationship

On Descartes' own terms, how "clearly and distinctly" do we understand the relationship of the mind to the body? How can a completely nonphysical thing interact with a completely physical thing? To ask Mark Twain's insightful question: How come the mind gets drunk when the body does the drinking? Why does my mind react to what happens to my body with such intensity if it's not part of my body?

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Philosophy

* On Descartes' own terms, how "clearly and distinctly" do we understand the relationship of the mind to the body?
Some - especially those whom probe the spiritual (unseen) world are able to understand the relationship between the mind and body. The mind (or brain) can be thought of as the computer's motherboard or car's engine; and the computer or vehicle itself is the body that operates or functions according the system's instructions or commands.

* How can a completely nonphysical thing interact with a completely physical thing?
Easily, a completely nonphysical thing can interact with a nonphysical thing in the same way the spirit or soul interacts with the mind and body. Some believe the spirit is awake 24/7; like when the body goes to sleep the spirit roams freely interacting in dreams and other nonphysical dimensions of time and space. When the body awakens, the spirit returns to the machine. The spirit or soul is completely ...

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The solution is a narrative combining metaphysical (including New Age) as well as current publications plus published ideas to explain the relationship of the mind and body. Web resources, text and video are listed for the purpose of expanding information provided.

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