posted on Jul, 26 2004 @ 08:40 AM
There is an old philosophical dualism here between the brain and the mind, and a "mind experiment," I think, is the best way to approach this.
Suppose we set you up in a chair with a camera video taping your skull. You see the images the camera picks up on a TV in front of you. Now suppose
we open up your skull in such a way that your brain is showing, but you are still conscious.
Now, when you view your brain, are "You" (your mind) viewing your brain, or is your brain viewing your brain?
If we think about this, I think the answer is a bit intuitive. The brain in and of itself can not view things, so therefore, it must be "us" (our
minds) doing the viewing.
As a reply to Slank:
Slank, if something is biological in nature, then it is also physical in nature. That is, it will have the properties that physics claims physicals
things have in the universe. Physics claims that only matter and energy are in the universe. Herein exists a problem: The mind doesn't have
matter or energy. All the matter and energy that we observe having to do with mental processes are actually observed in the brain (and not
necessarily a mind). This would imply Brain = Mind in a scientific setting. However, can this be the case? The thought experiment I posted above
seems to say no.