To say the brain is not the mind is as ridiculous as saying mental dysphoria can be fixed by slashing up the genitals.
Then you misunderstand. "Brain doesn't equal mind" doesn't mean "brain isn't mind."To say the brain is not the mind is as ridiculous as saying mental dysphoria can be fixed by slashing up the genitals.
The mind consists of the brain and other things as well. Such as the peripheral nervous system, and in some cases hormonal information via the hypothalamus. These are also part of the mind.
Teenagers and hormones. Clearly hormones in adolescence is a huge contributing factor to their behavior as well as how they think. Therefore the hormones are part of the "mind."
To refer back to an earlier example, Phantom Limb: The reason why they still feel their limbs is because of the residual "memory" stored in the peripheral nervous system. More formally known as Muscle Memory.
The reason why the pain and itchiness goes away after a prosthetic is introduced is because of the newly developed muscle memory, therefore (in a sense) the "mind" was recreated.
Brain is not the mind. But the mind includes the brain.
Arguing that the mind is not the brain is akin to arguing about a "soul" it's an interesting discussion but there's nothing scientific to back it up and a preponderance of evidence to counter against.
The idea of a mind that is separate from the brain is an ideological argument that involves spirits and souls and so forth.
Scientifically they're one in the same.
Last edited by talloulou; 10-22-08 at 10:33 PM.