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on 12/6/01 9:08 PM, Dace at email@example.com wrote:
>>> Since the brain and the mind are the same thing, I would have to say
>>> that their occupation of the same space is necessity not accident.
>> They're the same thing viewed from different perspectives. Mind is
>> brain from the point of view of time, while brain is mind from the point
>> of view of space. It's possible to distinguish heads from tails while
>> recognizing that ultimately there's only one thing-- the coin.
> William Benzon wrote:
>> From *Beethoven's Anvil* (pp. 71-72):
> I want to approach to this problem in the manner of Gilbert Rylešs
> The Concept of Mind. Rather than wonder how the mysterious and
> ineffable mind can connect with the mysterious but concrete brain,
> I propose a definition:
> Mind: The dynamics of the entire brain, perhaps even the entire
> nervous system, including the peripheral nervous system,
> constitutes the mind.
> If that's so, then why shouldn't it be true of every known organic system?
> Do the dynamics of an entire eco-system constitute a mind? Do the dynamics
> of an entire cell constitute the mind of the cell?
Why would you want to say such things? My definition spoke to nervous
systems, not systems in general. I don't see why anyone would want to leap
to such a conclusion.
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