The Mind, Brain, and Soul
The mind, the brain, and the soul just might be three different things.
There is good reason to believe that the universe always was, is infinite, is immeasurable, and will be in existence forever. If this be true, it is valid to assert that the soul of a human body always was, is, and will always be.
Let’s explore the implications of this.
The universe is made up of various material objects and a lot of electromagnetic activity, with many types of invisible rays wandering around among the galaxies.
The brain, arguably a microcosm of at least part of the universe, also exists as a material object with a lot of electromagnetic activity. It is the receptor of many invisible rays as well as information gathered through our own local senses. The neutrinos emitted by the sun, for example, propel trillions of themselves through the brain at high speed just about all the time. Radio waves abound all around us. The brain is something we can see, measure, test, and even alter. It works as a combination of biological matter, electromagnetic waves, and very possibly electrical signals we have not yet learned how to define or measure.
The brain acts as a host for current mental activity, stored memory and new memory. The current mental activity takes place via the synapses as electro-chemical impulses which are temporarily stored in what you might think of as the random access memory in a computer. The random access activity is erased whenever a task is complete, as in turning off the computer. This is much like a blackboard that gets erased after use, ready for new information to be applied to it.
Stored memory in the brain is analogous to the hard drive of the computer. This stored memory functions to trigger electrical signals that result, after much processing, in controlling parts of the human body. If the mind chooses to save onto the person’s hard drive a particular activity, as memory, the new memory becomes part of the old memory. Otherwise, the activity is forever gone and forgotten.
Some scientists believe that any given human brain contains all the memories it has ever stored, although it is very difficult to call up much of it at one time.
The mind is the functioning brain, with its electrical signals in operation, The words brain and mind are not synonyms. The mind is the overall operating system, of which the brain is one important part.
What about the soul? If we assume that the mind and the soul are in fact two different things, it is logical to draw the conclusion that the soul can act independently of the mind, although the two are closely related and intermixed. Therefore when the brain dies, the soul, which is strictly an electromagnetic phenomenon, without a physical form, is free to escape and go wherever it pleases and do whatever it has been programmed to do.
Meantime, whether the brain is at work, or at rest, as in sleep or a coma, it can die (stop processing electrical signals) and cease controlling the rest of the body, taking the mind right along with it. The soul, though remains as a unique entity.
Few if any people agree exactly how the mind and the soul interact. Descartes may have been onto something. One could speculate that the soul, after escaping the dying brain and mind, elects to hover close by until it is determined that the death is complete. If the brain is restored to operable condition, the soul could very well decide to return to the brain. If the soul concludes that death is indeed complete, it is then free to disperse itself throughout the universe. It may remain as a coherent thing and find another host, or it might split into many portions and find other hosts. It might roam aimlessly through the universe forever. Who knows what it might do.
Therefore, the conclusion might be that it is entirely feasible that if a person, who is thought to be dead, recuperates, he/she can experience the return of his/her soul, which integrates itself into his/her brain as before, and implants the memory of the excursion into the person’s mind.
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