Gilbert Ryle picks up on this point and tries to
show how such philosophers as Descartes have distorted language.
Since mind can only mean “what it is like to be me”
or “your experience of the world”, it is a distortion
of language to make it mean “a distinct mental substance”
- as Descartes attempts to. Such an attempt is called by Ryle a
Ryle uses this approach to dismantle the mind body
problem as stemming from a misinterpretation of common terms. For
instance, imagine someone were to ask to be shown your home. So,
you show them the living room, bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, etc.,
but on finishing the tour they say, “That’s very nice
– but now show me your home”. This sort of mistake would
be ludicrous because what they have been shown is your home –
and yet, Ryle argues, this is what Descartes and other dualists
are doing when they are looking for some special entity separate
from the body and forms of behaviour called a “mind”.