I am about to begin outlining my final Philosophy paper for the term (insert relieved smile here).
Usually I linger in the research stage of paper writing and postpone the dreaded writing component until the very last minute. I love research and find learning such a fascinating process. I do not love writing, nor do I find it fascinating. It's boring, time-consuming and difficult.
Perhaps that is why I find myself surprised that there is a part of me that is not dreading this paper in my usual way. In attempting honesty, there may even be feelings of excitement and anticipation that arise within me when I think about writing this paper. I'm not entirely certain of the reason (although it's likely to be tied to the paper topic), but I'm thankful nonetheless.
So what am I writing on? The placebo effect and how it supports the theory of nonreductive physicalism.* We are powerful people with a capacity to participate in our own healing. That is the simple reality of being human.
*The belief that one is entirely physical in composition and possesses higher-level capabilities (thinking, spirituality, etc). This is often viewed in opposition to dualism - the belief that humans are composed of two separate substances - matter and spirit (or body and mind/soul).