Authors: Rodney Bartlett
What is the difference between the mind and the brain? The brain is thought to be roughly three pounds of physical material but nobody seems to have adequately defined what the mind is. I’ve recently read interesting thoughts by mathematical physicist Roger Penrose and anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff; as well as by 20th-century Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli, Austrian theoretical physicist Erwin Schrodinger, Discover Magazine’s writer Shannon Palus and philosopher / neuroscientist Eddy Nahmias. I’d like to weave these thoughts together (with a few of my own) to hopefully find a satisfactory definition of mind. In the article’s Highlights, this proposed definition obeys fractal geometry and proceeds from universe-pervading consciousness to the mind of an immaterial body and brain (events outside the attention of the conscious mind are, by definition, in the unconscious). The large-scale of the cosmos and small-scale of humans or organelles in cells (or atoms in the inanimate) are united, so the definition could also proceed in reverse. That approach will be taken now. If the reader thinks those paragraphs dealing with space-time, engineering and maths have departed from the mind / brain topic; I point out that it’s included as an extension of my “elimination of distance” argument and is intended to further demonstrate the validity of that unusual idea. Also, I’m convinced absolutely everything is intricately related. To understand anything completely, it should be incorporated into the “big picture” of the entire cosmos and all time. Most doctors today are convinced the true nature of mind will eventually be discovered simply by continued study of the brain. From my point of view, this won't happen. We need to sacrifice the reductionist, conservative beliefs that have served us so well to this point. A holistic, imaginative approach seems to be necessary to find out what the mind is. An approach where consciousness isn't even limited to the body, but embraces the whole universe and all time. Highlights •The universe and brain are ultimately composed of base 2 mathematics. •This means consciousness is not limited to the brain but pervades the universe. •Mind is neither reducible to, nor distinct from, the workings of our brain. •Another view is that mind deletes distance between brains and space-time. •Learning is potentially unlimited – extending to remotest times and entire cosmos. •Fractals repeat cosmos on small scales (immaterial human bodies=infinite learning).
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