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8972Re: [existlist] Do you think therefore you are?

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  • Bill Harris
    Aug 1, 2002
      Eduard, We have such a hangover from the body/mind myth. We do not seem to
      have a problem distinguishing adipose tissue from connective tissue. In both
      form and function we see them as separate tissue types. They cofunction
      within the organism. Yet when it comes to neural tissue we must reinject
      the old mysticism, the mind, the spirit. That is just crap.
      As far as organs that inspire awe the liver as a chemical detoxification
      plant is broad and remarkable in its function. The kidneys as a low
      temperature distillation plant rival the big catcrackers in efficiency.
      Most people do not know about the function of organs other than the brain.
      They think they understand the brain because of pop science, mystical
      interrelation, and association with computers. The brain does much more than
      think. Physiology is a subject few have studied. They should before
      launching off into half baked dissertations of conjecture about function of
      any organ. Bill
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Eduard Alf" <yeoman@...>
      To: <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Thursday, August 01, 2002 4:42 AM
      Subject: RE: [existlist] Do you think therefore you are?

      > Nick,
      > I don't think the mind is part of the body.
      > Rather the body is an extension of the mind
      > through the sensors of the body. It is sort of
      > like a android, in the sense that the wiring which
      > activates the arms and legs, and which returns
      > sensations of touch, is of the central processor.
      > But the steel and plastic of which the arms and
      > legs are made of are not part of the processor.
      > For the human, it may be difficult to make a
      > separation. Flesh itself is so much a part of its
      > sensors that it is hard tell which is which.
      > Consciousness is the processing of the mind. The
      > soul is that time when the neurons escape from the
      > vault of the skull, as in dreaming. Nothing
      > leaves the body, but instead our neurons create a
      > world of their own, and escape into it. Because
      > our neurons can escape and because we can at times
      > remember that escape, we tend to fantasize that
      > they have actually gone somewhere and thus we
      > invent things like a heaven. This is facilitated
      > by manner in which we view the dead. When we go
      > to a funeral parlor and see the body, it begs the
      > question of where the thing that previously
      > animated it, in life, has gone to. This "thing"
      > we associate with a "soul" and consider it to be
      > an entity by itself. The Egyptians went to great
      > lengths to protect the residing portion of the
      > soul [the "Ba"] through mummifying the body and
      > providing a shelter [pyramid] in which it could
      > remain after death. But all of this is just
      > fantasy ...
      > eduard
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