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Mind collectively refers to the aspects of intellect and consciousness manifested as combinations of thought, perception, memory, emotion, will and imagination; mind is the stream of consciousness. It includes all of the brain's conscious processes. This denotation sometimes includes, in certain contexts, the working of the human unconscious or the conscious thoughts of animals. "Mind" is often used to refer especially to the thought processes of reason.
There are many theories of the mind and its function. The earliest recorded works on the mind are by Zarathushtra, the Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, Adi Shankara and other ancient Greek, Indian and Islamic philosophers. Pre-scientific theories, based in theology, concentrated on the relationship between the mind and the soul, the supernatural, divine or god-given essence of the person. Modern theories, based on scientific understanding of the brain, theorise that the mind is a phenomenon of the brain and is synonymous with consciousness.
The question of which human attributes make up the mind is also much debated. Some argue that only the "higher" intellectual functions constitute mind: particularly reason and memory. In this view the emotions - love, hate, fear, joy - are more "primitive" or subjective in nature and should be seen as different from the mind. Others argue that the rational and the emotional sides of the human person cannot be separated, that they are of the same nature and origin, and that they should all be considered as part of the individual mind.
In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: It is that private conversation with ourselves that we carry on "inside our heads." Thus we "make up our minds," "change our minds" or are "of two minds" about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No-one else can "know our mind." They can only know what we communicate.(Both consciously and sub-consciously)
Originally posted by interestedalways
The last paragraph of that external quote just made my mouth water for more!
Ok, maybe my mouth didn't water..............but I really am "hungry" for more of this type of discussion.
Only 16 more votes, shouldn't be a problem!
Originally posted by LordInfamous
yw. if you don't mind, could i use your reply as more crediblity?
Originally posted by MemoryShock
Originally posted by mikesingh
And I suggest you send your 'new forum' suggestion to the boss through one of our pretty looking mods instead! This way, your plan will surely get through!! No sweat!!
Don't worry...I'll deliver the envelope...
Originally posted by seagrass
Astrology too right? I would assume that falls under Metaphysics..