Thursday, 9 March 2017

Reflecting on Mind Body Paradigm

Rene Descartes theory of dualism, made me realise that in  all these years I believed in 'monism' as most of the Indian classical dance  movments and themes are based on  spirituality which integrates mind and body to achieve the eternal bliss.(Ulitmate essence of the emotions)  That's why it took me so long to understand the theories of dualism. I guess the way we sense our body in the world seems to be just as important as in creating a cultural meaning. For me, we are not located in the world symbolically nor do we experience reality purely through the text, instead, we are in relation with natural and social worlds and it is within this network of interdependence our mind and body functions. Despite this  history and philosophy in the Western world, who emphasized dualism between emotional and rational or mind and body, I believe that humans are multi-dimensional in nature as they are created by an active body located in the various levels of time and space as well as in symbolic dimension.
I noticed some differences of Easteran and Western ideas of mind and body philosohpies and the best way to analyse was through my own experience.
Cartesian dualism may be real in contemporary Western World, but alternative views exists in other philosophical traditions.  Eastern philosophies generally treat mind-body unity as an achievement, rather than an essentail relation. Through research, I discovered that Asian traditions do not separate mind from the body, though mind and body may be conceptually distinguishable from some perspective, they are not assumed to be distinct. For modern western tradition mind-body theorry is primarily concerned with the empirically observable correlations between mental and somatic phenomena. Eastern theories focus on how a disciplined practice allows one to attain body-mind untiy. For example,studyng the western mind-body problem, it is appropriate to investigate the act of raising one's arm,what is the relation between mental inteneion and the somatic movement? In eastern tradition however learnig to hit a baseball would be more appropriate example. In this contrast, we again can see the difference between concentrating on an intrinsic mind-body connection versus an acquired mind-body unity.
Nevertheless, looking at above discussion, I feel there should be more balanced standpoint between the theories of Eastern or Western philosophies seeking relation between intention and movement as well as the practice and achievement of a skill.,I.(1996)+Bodies+of+thought&ots=K-Ou81faGr&sig=dR2DmHz-ikV0snKQnW5PmAbx5kg