I recently read a book that stated the mind was an imaginary construct, as our brain is a complex machine that is based on chemical reactions. Do you think we'll soon throw out the need for the "mind" and how will that effect our society?
Our mind is a construct in a sense that it is an amalgamation of all our cognitive functions. It's not some imaginary thing because we probably couldn't imagine, or think without said mind. Those chemical reactions are the physical process of which our cognitive faculties work, throwing out the "need for a mind" pretty much amounts to "stop thinking guyz".
The mind being some imaginary construct sounds like some pseudo-scientific postmodernist woo woo garbage. Hate how people throw around the term "construct" without clearly defining or understanding what it entails and how things can't function or exist without SOME form of structure behind it.
Which controls which? Does the body control the mind or does the mind (the brain is the body) control the body. Are our thoughts manifest? The novel Dune had Mutated Guild Navigators that were suspended in tanks filled with spice gas, the mind on the spice melange folding space to travel instantaneously between planets. Do we manifest ourselves through our thoughts?
Mind is a word that describes the function of the brain.
So unless you replace the description of what we call mind with a different label, then no, we won't soon throw it out.
Language changes with time, so it may be that in 100 years we commonly use a different label for the brain's function.
I think how we view consciousness and the mind may be inaccurate, but I don't know how we could get rid of that concept. I suppose it could be that the function of the brain is inextricably tied to its structure, making the distinction irrelevant, but I'd say we have a long way to go before that could be confirmed.