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I don't see how your view that we are only a body could adequately describe this phenomenon. You say that the mind can't believe a missing limb is still there, phantom pains prove that to be false.
When I say to you: Choose 5 numbers, of your choosing.
What is the mechanism, which chooses the numbers? How does it do it?
originally posted by: Aphorism
You want me to say "mind" does it don't you. I am saying there is no single mechanism but the body.
First I'd have to listen to you. This involves an environment suitable enough for sound to pass through it, and two beings, the speaker and listener, making utterances.
I would have to access memories relevant to what is being said.
I would have to comprehend a stream of sound as being language, dividing it into distinctive phonetic features and segments, grouping them into morphenes. I would pick out words giving them meaning to context. I would notice and attempt to understand your body language. I would be anticipating where the conversation was going. I would be formulating an answer. All while this is happening my body would be sustaining itself, metabolizing, digesting, etc. etc. etc.
In real-time, not in an imaginary vacuum, there is a complex system of mechanisms interacting with its environment, sustaining itself, thinking, interacting with its surroundings. This mechanism is the body in a sensually rich environment. The mind is not an organ and there is no one mechanism but the body performing the act of thinking. The truth occurs in real-time, and if you have an interest in seeking the truth, it would be best to include, rather than discard, what happens in real time.
originally posted by: Aphorism
Since the brain is the mind, where does the brain end, the rest of the body begin?
Where does the mind end, and the body begin?
Through which mechanisms does single a mechanism somewhere in the brain control the entire body?
Where does one mechanism end and another begin?
What mechanism controls this mechanism?
I dont think anyone is ripping apart the body and saying the mind exists in a vacuum or a vat, or at least I am not. Nor am I saying that there is 1 mind particle for each human. I agree it is a sum or net of processes, but I do believe there are local processes which are more responsible for the invention of the term mind, and what that term is attempting to point to.
I did not say the brain is the mind, I said, the brain is where the mind seems to reside and operate from, where the understanding mechanism of these words is located.
I would agree that you can call the body one big brain, and that what we call the brain, is the main hub, that the big brain, sends all the information, to the little head brain, which utilizes its properties to make sense of this information, the process of which, the brain see, experiencing, making sense, understanding, altering information, is referred to as the process of the mind.
A question like this, is why the nature of mind/consciousness/awareness is mysterious, and currently not fully understood. How to escape infinite regressions I suppose. Like is the brain/mind just a hall of mirrors, that sustains a holographic projection of information, but like, where is the controlling factor, what is seeing the information and interacting with it. There are robots that can 'see' things in the environment, and interact with them accordingly. Its programmed to respond certain ways, when its instruments of detection receive something in the environment that is compatible for it to respond in the way it is programmed too if such a thing is detected in the environment.