djchrist15 wrote: A atheist made this argument. This made me wonder about if there is any evidence for the mind is related to the brain. To continue on the mind-brain thing: if your arm were amputated recently, you'd still have the feeling that it's there, simply because you were used to it being there. However, you cannot move your arm any more. It is separated from the brain. Now, how could you test if the mind is transcendent or not? If you move the arm out of sight/sound/perception and you stimulate it and the person doesn't feel anything at all, then the mind and brain are one and the mind is thus not transcendent. If, however, the person DOES perceive the stimuli, but can't respond to it, then it proves the mind and brain are separate things. Lets just say I stand with the fact that the brain and mind are one.
That's simply silly. How is this a test for the mind? After all, if it is out of sight or sound, and the arm is amputated, then how would your mind know? This isn't a test, for no one says the mind reacts to that which it could not know. It can't be a test for the ontological separate-ness of the brain and mind. At best, it could show a mind requires some form of physical stimuli in order to react to a physical act. But that elicits no more than a yawn and wouldn't even function as an indicator of the mind's separate ontology.
So my question would be what is our relationship with our mind and body? Any is there any material which you recommend for me to learn a little bit more about this.