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What is an epiphenomenon?

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This is defined as a secondary
phenomenon that is a by-product of another phenomenon.

This is often used in the philosophy of mind to refer to the concept of a mind. Rather than this being a separate spiritual entity as held in Cartesian dualism, it can be postulated that 'mind' is an epiphenomenon of the extremely complicated arrangement of physical matter that constitutes the human brain, but is nothing above and beyond this.

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