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On the mind/body problem: The theory of essence


The classical mind/body problem can be approached empirically, using instances of the near-death experience (NDE) as experimental data. The monistic viewpoint, that the mind is the functioning of the brain, finds little support in the NDE data, while dualism, mind and body as separate entities, is consistent with NDE research to date. Comparison of the details of the NDE with predictions from theoretical cosmology shows strong similarities between the two and further strengthens the case for dualism. A theory of human nature is proposed that incorporates these similarities.

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Correspondence to J. Kenneth Arnette Ph.D. candidate in Counseling Psychology.

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J. Kenneth Arnette, Ph.D. received a doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Florida State University

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Arnette, J.K. On the mind/body problem: The theory of essence. J Near-Death Stud 11, 5–18 (1992).

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  • Experimental Data
  • Human Nature
  • Separate Entity
  • Strong Similarity
  • Theoretical Cosmology