FOR EVERYONE

THE MIND-BODY PROBLEM (AND FREE WILL VS DETERMINISM)

THE MOST IMPORTANT PHILOSOPHICAL PROBLEM

By William V. Van Fleet, MD

10/26/2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

PREFACE 3
INTRODUCTION 5
CAUSATION AND EXPLANATION 7
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WORLDS11

MODELING 13
SUBJECTIVE EXPERIENCE 17
THE SUBJECTIVE MODEL 22
THE OBJECTIVE MODEL: LINGUISTIC MODELING 27

OBJECTIVE MODEL: AGREEMENT 33
OBJECTIVE MODEL: RATIONALITY 39
OBJECTIVE MODEL: MEASUREMENT 42
MODELING MATERIAL 45

SUBJECTIVE MODEL, OBJECTIVE MODEL, AND REALITY 52
THE CONCEPT OF SUB-MODELS 59
THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SUB-MODELS 62
THE MENTAL MODEL 71

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL OBJECTIVE MODEL LANGUAGES 80
PHYSICO-MENTAL MODEL 83
THE CONCEPT OF THE "MIND" 91
FREE WILL 97

GENERAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE TRIPARTITE MODEL 104
IMPLICATIONS: SPIRITUALITY 107
IMPLICATIONS: GOOD AND BAD SPIRITUALITY 112
IMPLICATIONS: GOD 115

IMPLICATIONS: RELIGION 118
IMPLICATIONS: SUPERVISION AND PUNISHMENT 120
IMPLICATIONS: ABORTION AND ANIMAL CARE 123
CONCLUDING REMARKS 127

Note to reader:

Much attention has been devoted to using terms in this book in highly consistent ways. I request that the reader read this book in the order written, to prevent the misunderstandings that so frequently arise by virtue of the use of the same words with different meanings. Doing so will assure that the value of this book will be preserved.

William V. Van Fleet, M.D.