A LINKAGE OF MIND AND BRAIN: SIR JOHN ECCLES AND MODERN DUALISTIC INTERACTIONISM

A LINKAGE OF MIND AND BRAIN: SIR JOHN ECCLES AND MODERN DUALISTIC INTERACTIONISM

Danko Georgiev
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

Our minds, constituted by conscious experiences, are both the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives. Despite the large amount of clinical evidence suggesting an intimate relationship between the brain function and the mind, the nature of this relationship remains poorly understood. In this Commentary we discuss some of the problems faced by the classical mind-brain identity theory and explain how the quantum dualistic interactionism proposed by Sir John Eccles could resolve these problems.
Biomed Rev 2011; 22: 81-84.

Key words: mind, conscious experience, brain, materialism, dualism, quantum mechanics


Received 20 December 2011, accepted 22 December 2011.
Correspondence: Danko Georgiev MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Neurobiology, Graduate School of Medical Science, Kanazawa University, 13-1 Takaramachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-8641, Japan.
E-mail: danko@med.kanazawa-u.ac.jp

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