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What is the Mind?

  1. TheTrueYou profile image38
    TheTrueYouposted 6 years ago

    You all will think about this question and try to answer it but where do the thoughts come from? Be creative with your answer.

    1. Dale Hyde profile image85
      Dale Hydeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The mind is the human computer.  It processes information, creates solutions and answers to problems or questions based on previous programming.

      1. TheTrueYou profile image38
        TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        A computer gathers its information from other sources created by man. But where is the source of our own thoughts?

        1. Pcunix profile image90
          Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Sigh.

          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.

          1. TheTrueYou profile image38
            TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            I did not ask for it to be more. But thank you for your informative reply.

    2. profile image0
      AKA Winstonposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    Awareness to memory. All organization as not direct awareness, comes from the memory.

  3. Kyle Payne profile image60
    Kyle Payneposted 6 years ago

    To what mind are you referring?

    1. TheTrueYou profile image38
      TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What minds are there?

  4. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    How many minds are there?

    1. Kyle Payne profile image60
      Kyle Payneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There are four types of base minds, the conscious mind, the sentient mind, the reasoning mind, and the advanced mind.

      1. TheTrueYou profile image38
        TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        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?

        1. Pcunix profile image90
          Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          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!

          1. Repairguy47 profile image60
            Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

            lollollollol

            1. Pcunix profile image90
              Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              Was there something amusing about that?

              1. Repairguy47 profile image60
                Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                I'm sorry were you being serious? In that case.
                lollollollollollollollollollol

                1. Pcunix profile image90
                  Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Yes, I was being serious. 

                  I think your laughter tells us a lot about you.

                  1. Repairguy47 profile image60
                    Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    Your bitterness tells me a lot about you, still available if you need a hug. I care,I really really care.

              2. TheTrueYou profile image38
                TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                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.

                1. Repairguy47 profile image60
                  Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  You obviously caught the punch line.

                2. Pcunix profile image90
                  Pcunixposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  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.

                  1. Repairguy47 profile image60
                    Repairguy47posted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    let the anger go, its unhealthy.

                  2. TheTrueYou profile image38
                    TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                    The textbooks you used in high school must be ancient. We have up to date books these days.

                    Have a nice day.

        2. Kyle Payne profile image60
          Kyle Payneposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Well humans contain all those minds, but there are do entities where only one, two, or three of those minds are present.

  5. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    Mind refers to one whole thing. If you are going break it up maybe give the parts different names.

  6. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. TheTrueYou profile image38
      TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I asked to be creative with your answer & this is creative. Thank you!

  7. profile image0
    Muldaniaposted 6 years ago

    The mind is an electro-chemical creation of the brain.

    1. TheTrueYou profile image38
      TheTrueYouposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I wonder if we can harbor those electro-chemicals and make our own artificial "mind"?

      Lets get more answers like these coming! Thanks.

  8. cbl2988 profile image58
    cbl2988posted 6 years ago

    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.

  9. knolyourself profile image61
    knolyourselfposted 6 years ago

    I call memory other-dimensional. It is a copy of the external world but can be manipulated in any manner imagined.

  10. profile image0
    Sooner28posted 6 years ago

    Human experience

    1. mischeviousme profile image59
      mischeviousmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The mind is a conduit for ego. It is the thing that we think we are and it is what makes us believe we are the end all of individualism.

  11. profile image0
    Muldaniaposted 6 years ago

    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.

    1. mischeviousme profile image59
      mischeviousmeposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      The mind and brain are responsible for each other. One blinds us and the other sees nothing at all.

 
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