So the mind and body problem is seen as more of a philosophy problem.
What is the relationship between the human mind and brain? Does the brain give rise to consciousness? Are we just a bunch of chemical reactions in our neurons? Or is there something more? Is our mind a separate entity then?
So here’s my take on it.
There’s been profound evidence that our brain does have an effect on our mind.
For example, take the case of Phineas Gage, where damage to his brain resulted in personality changes. Any degenerative brain disease (ex: Alzheimer’s) also effects memory, thinking and behavior.
But there’s also been evidence that our mind can affect our body. Think about the classical placebo effect, or the amazing effects of meditation.
People who think that they are pregnant, will actually exhibit signs of pregnancy, even though they aren’t really. A phenomenon known as pseudocyesis
So if our brains can affect our minds. And our minds can affect our bodies. Maybe BOTH are powerful entities, and BOTH work together to make you who you are.
I’m no PhD research scientist, but I’ve done a lot of reading and I propose that the mind and body kind of work like a car and a driver.
The mind uses the body like a driver uses a car, to get to places and get things accomplished.
Similarly the body uses the instructions of the mind to get things done, explaining why if you think about something and believe it hard enough, it becomes your reality.
They both need each other.
BUT if the car were to crash, then the driver could still survive and move on
(explaining the phenomena of Near Death Experiences where people report life after death and ghosts and other life after death reports)
But since the car is broken, it can’t really carry on anymore, similar to how after brain damage someone experiences memory loss, personality changes and makes life harder to live.
Also this is just my own IDEA, I thought of sophomore year in high school. Nothing serious. Could have holes in it, but it’s an idea none the less.