Margaret is a highly experienced Mediator, specialising in workplace, commercial and elder mediation. She is accredited by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (Practitioner Member) and the Elder Mediation International Network and recognised by the International Mediation Institute. Working in private practice since 2004, Margaret specialises in the delivery of mediated interventions to complex and sensitive conflicts and in the development and delivery of strategies to promote collaborative development and conflict-positive work environments. Client organisations include: Government departments, semi-state bodies, academic institutions, healthcare providers and private organisations.
Although it is widely accepted that Descartes explained the problem cogently, few later philosophers have been happy with his solution, and his ideas about the pineal gland have especially been ridiculed.  However, no alternative solution has gained general acceptance. Proposed solutions can be divided broadly into two categories: dualist solutions that maintain Descartes' rigid distinction between the realm of consciousness and the realm of matter but give different answers for how the two realms relate to each other; and monist solutions that maintain that there is really only one realm of being, of which consciousness and matter are both aspects. Each of these categories itself contains numerous variants. The two main types of dualism are substance dualism (which holds that the mind is formed of a distinct type of substance not governed by the laws of physics) and property dualism (which holds that the laws of physics are universally valid but cannot be used to explain the mind). The three main types of monism are physicalism (which holds that the mind consists of matter organized in a particular way), idealism (which holds that only thought or experience truly exists, and matter is merely an illusion), and neutral monism (which holds that both mind and matter are aspects of a distinct essence that is itself identical to neither of them). There are also, however, a large number of idiosyncratic theories that cannot cleanly be assigned to any of these schools of thought.