Prozac and Placebos
Reductionists and mind-brain identity theorists use the fact that
drugs can alter our emotions to argue that all emotions are merely chemical reactions in
the brain and not proof of a mind. While it is undeniably true that drugs can alter our
emotions and mental states (Prozac for instance), it also seems that our minds
can alter our bodies.
Consider the placebo effect. When patients think they are receiving
a pill with curative properties, there is a good chance that the pill will work, even
thought it is actually only a sugar pill. Use the Internet to explore the placebo effect
and other aspects of the power of positive thinking. You might also investigate the power
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