There are a lot of different theories, I'm aware of three main contenders in academic thought, all of which are monistic:
- Functionalism: The mind is simply a computer, an information processor, defined not as an entity of itself but by the functions it performs. So, theoretically, even things like computers or any system which processes inputs and outputs is a "mind", in the same sense.
- Biological Naturalism: Brains create minds. That is, minds are a biological phenomenon and thoughts are merely higher-level features of the brain.
- Anomalous Monism: Really confusing. I've read about it here, but still don't think I fully understand it.
How is the description of mind and body similar to or different from the above views?
Would you say the Mahavihara Abhidhamma is dualist or is it monist\nondualist?