The Relationship Between Mind And Mind

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The relation between brain and mind is disputed over a long time. The debate is whether mind and brain are separate entities or not and if the mind is a separate entity, then how are mental properties, functions and consciousness in relation with the brain, being things which are non-physical. Consciousness helps to understand the relation between the brain and mind, by contemplating the reason or the source of it, if it’s a manifestation of the mind or just a by-product of brain activity. The existence of mind and mental states can be explained through a more philosophical perspective rather than a scientific one. The core of science is philosophy based on empirical evidence, mind being metaphysical cannot be studied empirically.…show more content…
David Luke explains consciousness and the mind body connection from near death experiences. These experiences have been reported as out of body experiences or somewhat re-birth experiences where for example: after a cardiac arrest, people felt coming back into their bodies through a tunnel or seeing light, at birth a baby’s visual perception and brain are not capable to see such a memory. NDE is not a dream, experiencers claim to be in a different space-time and claim the NDE to be most important life event which changed their lives. Ketamine when taken at high doses can produce effects like NDEs. The experiences by some K users are similar to the NDE of people with cardiac arrests where people sense oneness or unity with the universe. In Eastern philosophy the body consists of sensory-motor system, kinaesthetic system, autonomic nervous system and the unconscious quasi-body also called Ki or chi. The Eastern philosophy use the Ki element to draw a line between the mind and the body. In Egyptian tradition “ba” (consciousness) and “ka” the energy body are said to leave the body and continue to afterlife after the death of body, the mind and body are viewed as separate and the energy body that connects the two. (2009, David Luke) Luke explains the mental phenomenon of NDEs where experiences…show more content…
Jon Mills says that monism and reductionism contradict the idea of free will and the self. The materialist view relies on the concept of simplicity which is: if something cannot be measured, it does not exist or is not real. If no physical system is free then humans being physical are not free therefore the property of free will is checked out. Materialism is an atheistic concept and also denies the existence of soul and the ontology of consciousness. (2002, Jon Mills) Mills explain the fallacies in materialist concepts. Materialism simplifies everything ultimately to matter or things that are empirically sound while things aside they are not real. Materialism is ambiguous as it rules out the possibility of free will and the mind leaving the human as physical object and nothing
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