The Mind

My blog on the human body brought a comment from a reader that made me sit up and take notice: “What about the mind?”

I’ve written here before about the human mind as distinct from the brain. Oxford Language defines the mind as the element of a person that enables him to be aware of the world and his experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.

The most important part of that definition to me is “to think.” My calling in life is to write, but before I can write I have to think. To think, I have to have a working brain. But the elements and scope of thinking range far beyond any functions we can identify in the human brain. So while the ability to think depends on the brain, it is the mind, not the brain, that does the thinking.

Even more remarkable is that thinking is noncorporeal, that is, it takes place outside of the realm of physical existence. That leads physics-based intellectuals to reject the existence of the mind and its counterpart, the soul. My suspicion is, though I can’t prove it, that the mind and the soul are different aspects of the same reality. And because of what I have experienced in my long and variegated life, I have no doubt that both exist.

So I end up certain that the mind exists, and even thrives, despite having no physical form. Every religion declares the existence of the nonphysical. I can’t claim religious beliefs, but where is it written that an agnostic can’t believe in the spiritual?

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