What's on your mind is not on your brain- hopefully
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Author/sDuffley, Patrick J
The mind-body question is frequently framed in terms of “how the brain creates the mind” (Damasio 1999). The goal of this paper will be to contribute to the debate by a linguistic study of the words mind and brain, using data drawn from the British National Corpus, the Oxford English Dictionary, the Corpus of Contemporary American and Webster’s Dictionary. Evidence shows that the folk-concepts of ‘mind’ and ‘brain’ imply the causal priority of the mental over the physical. This converges with the conclusions of Penfield (1966), who proposed that “one might well say that the brain of man is molded by his mind,” a position also defended by Eccles 1994.
lingüística de corpus