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8976Re: [existlist] Do you think therefore you are?

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  • Bill Harris
    Aug 1, 2002
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      Eduard, Something rather obscure underlines the effect of thought upon the
      evolution of the human species. Have you seen the numbers regarding breast
      cancer in Marin county California? Big increases in incidence and mortality
      with highly politicized theories as to the causality. The women are wealthy,
      and overwhelmingly liberal feminist in their lifestyles.
      In prehistoric times , forced migration might have caused association with
      a carcinogen. Now we may have a case of voluntary lifestyle choice causing
      deadly mutational change. The brain does not have to physically mutate to
      cause mutational circumstance to mortally mutate individuals. The choice to
      smoke is similar but has addictive components which clutter the causality.
      Use of the pill, selection against childbearing and breast feeding and
      menopausal hormone replacement all are risk factors identified with breast
      cancer. Or maybe it is something in the soil? 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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