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Given your knowledge of dualism, choose the best interpretation of presence of dualism in this excerpt from an Emily Dickinson poem:

The brain is wider than the sky,
For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include
With ease, and you beside.


A.The poem suggests that the person’s physical body is connected to the brain and the sky.

B.Dualism is not present at all in this poem.

C.The poem suggests that the brain and the sky work together.

D By placing the “you” beside the brain, the poem suggests that the physical person is separate and distinct from the mental capacities of the brain.

Thinking the answer is D. But it could also be B, not 100% sure. Thanks for the help!

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    Since one includes the other, this does not fit the definition of dualism. Although it is hard for me to interpret what Dickinson means, it does not seem to fit the definition below.

    du·al·ism (d-lzm, dy-)
    n.
    1. The condition of being double; duality.
    2. Philosophy The view that the world consists of or is explicable as two fundamental entities, such as mind and matter.
    3. Psychology The view that the mind and body function separately, without interchange.
    4. Theology
    a. The concept that the world is ruled by the antagonistic forces of good and evil.
    b. The concept that humans have two basic natures, the physical and the spiritual.

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