1 min readAre psychiatrists open to a non-materialist view of the mind?

Most psychiatrists still adhere to a materialist conception of the human mind. But a unique opportunity exists: many are willing to listen to alternative explanations that are logically sound, and scientifically derived.

The attached article details a study conducted before and after the debate on the mind-brain relationship (MBR)  at the 2014 Brazilian Congress of Psychiatry. Results show that many psychiatrists are now interested in understanding MBR but there are very few studies concerning this topic.

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The good news is that though most  psychiatrists hold on to a materialist view of the mind, many are slowly opening the space for alternative explanations. The movement towards the non-materialist explanation of the human mind is spreading, but the science that supports it needs to catch up.

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