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Date Posted: 06:40
Author: Cowboy
Subject: Re: No Brain = No Mind
In reply to: Eponymous -23Jan02 's message, "Re: No Brain = No Mind" on 06:39

We shall distinguish between Consciousness and awareness, the latter being Consciousness that has become identified with a physical organism. When identification occurs, experience becomes possible. We then use the word mind to refer to the experience of the mental, sensory, and perceptual functioning of the individual organism, not to any kind of physical object such as the brain. The combination of body and mind we shall refer to as the body-mind organism.

Some sages teach that, in the absence of the body, Consciousness is still aware of itself. The evidence they cite is an awareness that they say exists during deep (dreamless) sleep. This is also the state under anesthesia, and before birth and after death. However, since there is no body, there is no experience of these states.

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