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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 of prayer.


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