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Mind/brain Principle

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Posted by S.H. Le on November 18, 1999 03:37:00 UTC

A major branch of philosophy examines whether or not our brains (organ controling senses, body - sorry I don't mean to insult your intelligence, I'm just making a distinction here) is something entirely separate from our minds (thoughts emotions). I may be oversimplifying here, but I like to pose broad questions.

I always found this troubling, because although there seemed to be a direct link between our brains and our physical world (our brain is made of matter), what exactly constitutes a thought? Is it just electrical impulses? If our brain/mind was identical, then in theory, it should be possible to configure atoms to form an idea/concept. This didn't sound quite right to me (or maybe I'm way off). This branch of philosophy (which is pretty old) is often used as possible evidence for a soul.

Any thoughts?

P.S. this forum needs some fresh ideas... bad.

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