With respect to the mind and the body, I consider myself a dualist. Although many consider the mind to be only a product of the brain, I think there is much more to intellect, emotions, and will than the functioning of the brain structures alone.
***Iíve always liked having intellectual conversations with my friends, and one time, made the mistake of starting one with a non-intellectual friend. This particular gentleman is an ESFP, a gym-nut, and a partier. Our conversation started out well enough: we were walking together from the dining hall back to our dorm. I mentioned my opinion that, no matter how complex and wonderful the brain is, it is a physical chunk of meat that limits the potential of our non-material mind. His response baffled me, and showed me that people have other things on their mind.
He said that he agreed, and went on to explain how he would want his brain to stop limiting his body. His rationale included sounded something like, ďI would want to lift more and run further without my brain telling me that I need to stop,Ē referring to the brainís function of interpreting pain. No matter how much I tried to explain myself, he would only hear his version of what he thought I meant.
This is a post about the material and the immaterial, about shadow types (mine being the ESFP), and about with whom it is profitable to discuss Philosophy.