The first month with five Wednesdays since the new blog launched, which was this last August, I decided on the spur of the moment to ask my readers to propose a topic for the fifth post of the month, and a substantial plurality of them asked for a discussion of reincarnation, which they duly got.
If your answer is no, you are a closet dualist. Such a stance will make it hard for you to understand the nature of consciousness. It will make the mental aspects of our lives mysterious and unknowable.
I am a working neurologist who sees brain disease causing mental dysfunction every day. Take the case of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. If she does not recover pretty much full brain function, her mental states will be altered, and she may not be able to function in Congress as she did before the bullet damaged her brain.
If the bullet had done more damage than it apparently did, she might not now be fully conscious. Hopefully she will recover.
There is the famous case of Phineas Gage, however, in which brain damage to the frontal lobes of the brain by a railfoad spike turned a sober, hard-working man into a lout. His mind was altered because his brain was altered. He was a different person after that spike went through his brain.
The main reason many people remain dualists, however, is because they find it impossible to believe that brain function can entirely explain consciousness. They think that after all the neurotransmitters have hit their receptors and all the neurons have fired, there is still something that has been left out of any explanation of consciousness.
The thing that has been left out, they say, is the conscious feeling of what is like to be in a certain state. Furthermore, all the whirling electrons cannot explain why a certain neuronal configuration results in our seeing blue rather than red.
The nature of brain vs. mind vs. consciousness is a question that may remain unanswerable but the important thing to remember is to live in awareness of how interconnected each of these aspects of yourself really are. especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The. Consciousness is the state of being aware or awake. Seeing that humans are awake they are conscious. It has nothing to do with anything physical but only that it happens in the brain. Consciousness also deals with awareness of your thoughts, feelings, and memories. i. Examples 1. Making plans for dates. 2. Getting annoyed at your performance in school. 3. Thinking back about good times with your friends. c. Early psychologists and their studies i. When early psychologists studied the mind, they studied consciousness. 1.
Another objection that I have heard is, "What about my soul"? So they conclude than consciousness cannot be fully explained by brain function.
But if that is true, where is consciousness and what is it? The key word is "ALL".
If you have all that, you are conscious of the blue sky and the red sun. Nothing more is needed to be conscious of that beautiful sky.
That makes me a materialist and not a dualist. In the coming months, I want to explore these ideas.
I want to hear what you think, your objections to my position and your arguments for and against these ideas.May 11, · Saying that consciousness is an illusion or an epiphenomenon does not really explain consciousness.
See the section Consciousness cannot be Explained as an Emergent Property of the Brain for an explanation of why giving a scientific name to a phenomenon is not the same as explaining it. Aug 16, · The physical brain is what creates consciousness and not some immaterial mind. This mechanistic view of consciousness has its foundation in inert physical matter.
This means that physical matter, operating on the tiniest scales of nature, can create thought-ideas.
In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the condition of an entity having properties its parts do not have, due to interactions among the parts..
Emergence plays a central role in theories of integrative levels and of complex arteensevilla.com instance, the phenomenon of life as studied in biology is an emergent property of chemistry, and psychological phenomena emerge from the.
The nature of brain vs. mind vs. consciousness is a question that may remain unanswerable but the important thing to remember is to live in awareness of how interconnected each of these aspects of yourself really are.
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