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You all will think about this question and try to answer it but where do the thoughts come from? Be creative with your answer.
The mind is the human computer. It processes information, creates solutions and answers to problems or questions based on previous programming.
A computer gathers its information from other sources created by man. But where is the source of our own thoughts?
It's feedback. You don't have one "mind", you have many. You have emotional parts, rational parts.. they all work together.
As Dale implied, it's just a machine. A complicated construction of evolution, nothing more and nothing less.
Apparently you want it to be more. Most people do, because they can't understand how it can "just" be a machine. Yet, that's exactly what it is.
I sometimes amuse myself by listening to my own thoughts. That's not easy to do - you kind of have to let go and not interfere but sometimes you can hear the babble that is underneath. It's just fragments of things, stuff being processed, categorized, filed away, but it's interesting. It's "me", but it isn't me.
I recently wrote a hub on this topic: "Dualism is right - it's just not real."
The mind acts similarly to a program like Windows Word - it is dependent upon the CPU to power it. Dualists like to think the mind exists separate from the brain, but this is like claiming Windows Word will create bold text without a functioning CPU.
It is the electricity moving through silicon chips that produces the sensation of mind. Two different sensations, but not separate entities.
Awareness to memory. All organization as not direct awareness, comes from the memory.
There are four types of base minds, the conscious mind, the sentient mind, the reasoning mind, and the advanced mind.
The mind as a whole is what I was referring to. For example what gave us the reason to divide the mind from its whole state into sub-states?
We learned that first from biology - studying brains of other animals and our own.
More recently, we've learned from scanning what goes on when we think. We've also learned from those who have lost parts of their brain from injury or disease.
Here's something very interesting we recently found out: we need our "primitive" emotional brain to reach complex decisions. Without that, we dither back and forth - our "rational" brains can only handle simple decions, but fail on the complicated stuff without emotional input!
I'm sorry were you being serious? In that case.
You say "we" like you were part of that scientific discovery. On topic: I was clearly asking for a creative approach to answering my question. If I wanted a high school text book answer, I would have went to Google. But thank you, none-the-less.
Oh, I'm so sorry to have offended you with science.
I see now that you want religious or mystical gobbledygook. Maybe RepairGuy can give you some.
By the way, you won't find what I said in any high school text book. It's too new for that - not that you'd care, of course.
Have a wonderful day.
Lets hug it out, come on, group cyber hug.
Thats too bad, I thought you liberals were a caring lot and put aside differences to improve the state of human kind. Another myth exposed.
The textbooks you used in high school must be ancient. We have up to date books these days.
Have a nice day.
Well humans contain all those minds, but there are do entities where only one, two, or three of those minds are present.
Mind refers to one whole thing. If you are going break it up maybe give the parts different names.
The mind is a reification. That is, a word that suggest that something experiential is a physical object. Like soccer, happy, or free. The mind is what we experience by being self aware, alive and conscious. It is knowing that we know, seeing that we see and feeling that we feel.
The mind, or consciousness, is just an aspect of a physical brain. Mind is an emergent phenomenon that arises from the electro-chemical processes of a physical brain much like wetness is an emergent phenomenon of a number of water molecules or much like the brilliant example that AKA Winston used.
I call memory other-dimensional. It is a copy of the external world but can be manipulated in any manner imagined.
There is so much evidence that the mind is a product of the brain. However, there are some experiences, such as premonition, ESP, and distant viewing which make it hard to reconcile the function of the brain with experiences which would need to take place apart from the brain. I know many near death experiences can be dismissed, but there are many on record in which people accuratley describe what was taking place at a distance from their body at the time.
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