Day 9:00 am
There are many theories as to the location of “The Mind” within the physical body. Ask anyone in the street “Where is your mind?” and once they’ve perhaps finished looking at you as if you yourself may have lost yours, a good percentage of them would point straight to their heads and the physical location of one’s brain.
This is, of course, accepted thinking. The brain, after all, is known to be the nerve centre of our physical selves. It controls or breathing, heart rate, alerts us to the presence of pain and much, much more. But what about the entity we call our minds? The realm of thinking, emotions, habits, imagination and perception. True, there is certainly a strong link between the brain and the mind, but does the mind stop at the physical boundary of the brain? Indeed, one set of thinking (Dualism) states that the mind exists completely independent of the physical brain. Over the years, the concept of “The Mind” has been understood in many various ways, largely dependent on philosophy, religion or scientific observation. Anecdotal evidence would point to transplant patients who, after receiving their new heart/kidney/liver etc. suddenly display a profound change in behaviour e.g. asking for a marmite sandwich having detested the stuff before their operation. Evidence such as this, albeit anecdotal, might suggest that the mind exists throughout our entire body. Thus, changing a part of it loses one set of behaviours and gains another. Perhaps every cell within us has a mind of it’s own, each linked with all the other cells in our bodies in much the same way as it is thought that each brain cell carries a map to the entire brain. There is even one set of thinking that the mind exists outside the body, in a kind of auric field surrounding the physical self and the field and body are constantly firing information back and forth.
Theorisation and general thinking on this question have been raging for many, many years and I feel will continue for just as many years to come and probably more. For those of you that read this expecting some sort of empirically evidenced based answer to this question, I apologise. You’re not going to find it here. But it’s certainly a question that will occupy our minds for a long time to come!continue reading