If mind is what defines reality, reality is only as real as mind. If reality is a construct of mind, then is it fundamental (not constructed)?
The brain, as wonderful as it is, will ultimately only be described as a very complicated quantum mechanical process. Clever skilled people will use other mechanical devises to measure it and it's workings. The mind is less available to measurement. When I cry, my brain will orchestrate a long complicated array of physical processes in my perceived body, and associated brain activity could possibly be observed and measured. However, can the trigger for my feelings be detected in the brain matter? Certainly reflex reactions do not necessitate 'mind', but feelings seem to. If this is true then it would seem to me that brain is servent to mind.
If it is argued that mind is the construct of physical brain activity, that is truly extaordinary. Atoms can be arranged in a way that totally ambivalent physical reactions create value realities riddled through with social, ethical and aesthetic dimensions. Those that argue this is a result of Darwinian evolution, in my 'mind' have conveniently jumped over the problem of emergence (life from matter), which has no survival imperative.
I believe I can keep an open mind in this matter, but at the moment it's 'mind' over 'matter'.
The mind is real in-itself separate from the brain. This is the common sense view and it is the right one. The Monist argues that the mind is merely an electro-chemical process produced by the brain. But it is by means of this process that one becomes aware of one's brain. The power of consciousness must be in this process. But then how does one become aware that this process is aware of the brain? In order to do this, consciousness must retreat to a separate position. If consciousness had the power, it could repeat this process toward infinity. Therefore, finite consciousness must be a separate entity from the brain which is connected to infinity.
The mind is basically data or information, just as software in a computer is real but not physical. A pile of match sticks lying in a pile is just that. If you arrange the match sticks to form the word "blue", it's still physically the same match sticks, but now represents information. The mind isn't physically real, but comes into existence when electrical and chemical signals in the brain form patterns that represent all that we hear, see etc and think, which is obvoiusly a much more complex than sensory and motor activity, but it's still data.
It's better to focus on how you are behaving and look for tangible explanations rather than mental ones if you want to improve yourself. But it's clearly real because as Descartes said "I think therefore I am". The mind is clearly a real thing that people really experience and so even if it is as a poster in the no column says just based on chemical activity it's still a mind and is still real. Why do we have one and other material things don't? That's still unanswered. Some have suggested single-cell consciousness and that the vast interexchange between our neurons results in an illusion of being a single consciousness when we're actually several exchanging information with each other in a way that results in a strong though not absolute commonality. Some suggest that all matter/energy experiences consciousness on some level and that consciousness is just a matter of degree.
i think therefore I am. From Descartes famous quote we can say that it is possible to fake the body but not the mind. the mind may not be a physical thing although it is very probable that it is constructed by the brain. however your mind and your consciousness is the one thing that MUST be real for you to exist as you do.
Yes, I believe the mind is a real thing, but it depends on how you would define 'the Mind.' I believe that our brain enables us to think and make connections. We feel because of chemicals in our body and how we think about things. I believe that we each have a 'mind' and someone else who used the same brain for example would still have a different personality.
The mind is definitely real. There is a difference between the physical brain and the mind. The mind is what separates each individual. The way we think, react, and interpret things are all done through the mind. It gives us our personality as well. The mind is real, it just isn't in physical form.
Clearly with the developments in neuroscience we can see that there is no such as a "mind". Sure there is no definite proof but the option that the mind is not real is more probable than there is. I mean think about what your saying; you think there is such thing as an external conscious?
Thoughts undeniably do exist, but our common sense understanding of them as being some spooky immaterial thing is false - ironically. The mind is a function of the brain.
The feeling that we are separate from the external world, in a way that we THINK we can divide the universe in two, like a dualist... THAT is the real illusion, because half the time our brains are actively tricking us into thinking that there is both matter and mind, when in reality there are only PERCEPTIONS of "stuff" and perceptions alone. Brain state is the correct term for what these perceptions can be reduced to.
Taking a monist stance through reducing everything to brain states, eliminates the problem of thinking so black and white in terms of "Mind and matter", which is actually a false dichotomy when you understand that both are subject to conscious experience.
Developments in neuroscience have convinced me to believe that there is no real thing called the mind that is different from, for example, the keyboard I am typing on.
The mind is not a real thing in that it doesn't exist out in the world. It is not something separate from the electrical impulses and hardware of the brain. Just like a computer program is simple a manifestation of code running through a computer, our minds are just relays of information passing through our brains.
We really can't definitively argue either way as to whether the mind is real or not. To suggest that it is or isn't is merely speculation on everyone's part. The human understanding of the brain and its functions is still in its infancy. Perhaps in future years we will be able to answer this question.