The brain is one factor within a very precise and defined confluence that brings the emergent system that we call "the mind" into physical existence.
Other factors are circumstance, stimuli, precedent, the 'memory cloud' of residual fact sets that represent previous perception sets produced by that
brain, and (most critically)
the ongoing and active influence of the mind itself as it has developed to that instant of its own progressive
emergence. The mind is produced by the brain, but since it is both sentient and sapient, it gets deeply involved in its own progressive development.
This is due to the physical nature of the human mind, and how physical reality is actually formatted.
The short answer is that information affects the dynamic nature of the material realm, as the material realm brings information into physical
existence. What a brain produces is (essentially)
a hybrid that possesses physical qualities of both the event-centric material and the
event-produced informational. What the human brain produces is a proactive/reactive hybrid that has full awareness of itself as a physical
manifestation that exists within an ongoing timeline that features a "now and then", and this is what makes this hybrid "human", as opposed to the
hybrid manifestations that are always "in the Now" and incapable of planning or ruminating on the past.
Planning and ruminating (a much deeper level of learning from the past) was a definite advantage for the "human" brain/body survival system, but this
survival advantage did come with a profound set of long range ramifications. Let's just say that it wasn't a long walk from "what awaits me?"
to "what exists as real?"
to "what am I?"
, even when survival was at stake. When survival wasn't the immediate concern, the questions
came fast and furious for those capable of placing themselves within a larger existential context. Inevitably, these emerging minds began caring about
their ongoing development once they realized the fact that even though their brains brought them into physical existence, those brains were not what
they were. That they could observe their brains' activities as detached observers.
It's this capacity for self abstraction and self placement within a progressing change/event trajectory that separates the human mind from all other
material brain generations. Yes, this means that there are other forms of 'human being', perhaps even on this planet, since the human being is the
dynamic, sentient and sapient informational hybrid that is produced by a brain capable of producing such a thing. Our material brain is a Homo Sapiens
hominid brain. It produces our own unique version of human being while it persists as a functional system, and when it dies, our own version of human
being is set free into the eternal informational realm as a brand new fully viable resident of that realm.
Basically, the human mind (which is what the human being is)
is an emergent system that is unique among other emergent systems in that
its ongoing existence isn't dependent on an ongoing confluence of balanced factors (since information is permanent once it has
it pitches in and works to actively affect its own development while the brain is still alive and "generating"
additional "burst sets" to add to its gathering mass.
Of course, if the brain is damaged, then the emerging mind is also affected. Being human is the best and worst thing that can happen to anything that
exists as physical. The possibilities are wondrous, even as the threats are nightmarish. Basically, we're each epitome expressions of progressive
development, and we can only do what we can to develop the best possible version of ourselves with the limited time we've each got with our own brain
as the self
generating "gestational placenta" that we use it as. That, and hope for the best when it comes to circumstances and the sheer
dynamics of this material realm.
That said, it's probably a good thing that when all is said and done, we're each a contextual mixture of every moment of our brain's entire life span
of generating the intellect burst sets that have gathered to create and define us. As a dynamic collective, we've each got a much better shot at full
range functionality and overall balance.
edit on 2/8/2014 by NorEaster because: (no reason given)