The Human Mind

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The Human Mind, what is it and how does it work? All of us have been through it our mouth opens and out comes a string of words that just one second ago we had never thought of. How does the brain, or the mind do this? How does the body remember and how does the body sense what is happening around us?

The Brain or the Mind what is it

The scientific explanation of the human mind “is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, and judgment is a characteristic of human beings, but also may apply to other life forms. Sounds quite complicated and your correct so lets just try and simplify what is a very complicated and amazing attribute of us the Human Being.

Mortality of the Mind

Plato argued that, as the body is from the material world, the soul is from the world of ideas and is thus immortal. He believed the soul was temporarily united with the body and would only be separated at death, when it would return to the world of Forms. Since the soul does not exist in time and space, as the body does, it can access universal truths. Plato believed that there is a form for every object or quality ion earth: forms of dogs, human beings, mountains, colors, courage, love, and goodness to name a few. It is these that he argued that the mind would live on after death as it did not really exist. Quite heavy stuff but I had to mention Plato it was he who first spoke about the mind and immortality.

Where are thoughts and memories are made

The brain is the center of our nervous system .It is located in the head which is a lucky thing because it is close to all our primary sensory organs for such senses as vision, hearing, balance, taste, and smell. The brain is estimated to contain between 15–33 billion neurons and each of these are connected by synapses (similar to a cathode ray tube) to several thousand other neurons. These neurons communicate with one another by means of long fibers called axons, which carry trains of signal pulses to distant parts of the brain or body targeting specific cells or organs. These little synapse’s to small for the naked eye are what we owe our life for, they tell our heart when to beat, they tell our lungs when to breath and are the masters of our body. They even enable us to talk, to think, to create, write shout and even sing.

The Singing writer.

This is an example of the synapse at work make sure you turn your speakers up sit back and take a break from all of this complicated stuff. Some of you may know the singer. in an original song
David Reinstein a fellow writer sings “My Mind Has a Mind of Its Own” Just click the link to the left and enjoy


I hope you all enjoyed this break from all this complicated stuff and my thanks go to David Reinstein for allowing me to use what is about to become a viral song.

Memories and rewards.

All people and animals are programmed with two specific goals and they are to survive and to reproduce and these can be summed up by the seeking of food, water, shelter, and the most important to mate. Lets face it, if sex did not feel nice we would not be here. The brain or the mind is always recording everything we do and works on a basis of “reward and punishment. In other words when a particular behavior is followed by favorable consequences, the reward mechanism in the brain is activated and records this feeling so that you know you can repeat it in the future.When a behavior is followed by unfavorable consequences, the brains punishment mechanism is activated, this causes the memory to be suppressed if they arise in the future. These bad memories are not forgotten though as they are kept by the mind so that you will not do it in the future.

A developing brain.

Our brain the controller of all our senses and thoughts are with us from day one and that is the day of conception. At first the brain is nothing but a small blob attached to a single nerve cord. This single nerve chord than grows at an alarming rate until Neurons are created in special zones that contain stem cells. They then grow out until they reach there target (the heart, the lungs etc) Once they have met there target the upper portion in the brain then begins to sprout and navigate through the brain, branching and extending as they go, until the tips reach their targets and form synaptic connections. Even at this stage the brain and the mind are thinking of survival as they produce more of these connections than the body requires. This is a safety precaution just in-case some get damaged in development. The unused ones are then pruned away as the mind develops.

Epilogue and credits.

The mind and the brain are extremely hard to understand and are even now being misunderstood by scientists and scholars and it is said that humans will never be able to understand the complexity of the brain and its operation. As far as the mind goes this is still a mystery and some people believe that Plato was right and that the mind (or the soul) does linger even after death.

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Credits: David Reinstein for his epic performance. You Tube Wikipedia and my trusty old books..

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How Does The Brain Work, Plato, Stem Cells, The Brain, The Human Mind

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author avatar Jerry Walch
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Well-written article with really great illustrations.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Jerry for your kind comment and Steve I thank you for the star. This one I thought I bit of to much to chew. I could not find an easy way to explain this.
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Steve

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author avatar David Reinstein,LCSW
23rd Jul 2012 (#)

Fun (and thoughtful) stuff Steve... and thanks for including my little tune!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Outstanding:0)...thank you steve!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Jul 2012 (#)

I have to say that I am intrigued by the human mind, but more on the side of how and why people think the things they do.

On the mind itself one of the interesting aspects is in relation to dyslexia. Dyslexics have no separation between the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which could be the root of many of their challenges with reading and writing.

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author avatar stevetheblogger
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you guys for all your wonderful comments much appreciated and Peter I believe you are correct.
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Steve.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2012 (#)

marvellous, absolutely marvellous Steve..I am wiser now about this...thank you.
A friend of mine who is an exceptional clairvoyant told me that he has never seen a mind dart around like mine does!! that is why it is fascinating inside of me but can sometimes be a little much as you can imagine!
most interesting what Plato wrote about forms it is what I call seeds before manifestation...

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author avatar stevetheblogger
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Cnwriter Many thanks for your kind comment and I love the expression you have used "seeds before manifestation" There has got to be an article in that
Best Wishes
Steve

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
24th Jul 2012 (#)

maybe!!!!!

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author avatar A K Rao
24th Jul 2012 (#)

That is an interesting article I must say ! you made me bit nostalgic as some of the things discussed in the articles were studied in our college by me as an undergraduate student! Thanks a lot for the nice article!

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author avatar stevetheblogger
24th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Rao for your kind comment
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Steve

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Very interesting hypothesis on the connection between all that make us and to relate to each other. Thanks Steve - siva

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author avatar Denise O
27th Jul 2012 (#)

What can I say Steve, it is a well written piece and Ditto on all of the above. Congrats on the star page, it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar stevetheblogger
27th Jul 2012 (#)

Siva/ Denise can I thank you both for your very Kind comments
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Steve

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
31st Jul 2012 (#)

We already know that body is physical in nature, it is created through conception and gets destroyed through death and gradually becomes dust- cremation of a dead body is perfect example to see our body does turn into dust.
Meanwhile, the mind is also the soul or the intellect,immortal in nature. If it is immortal, it did exist before life and continues to exist after death.
I have just posted this on Siva's page. I feel this is the answer I am able to accept.
Thank you for your page.

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author avatar missgreeeen91
20th Aug 2012 (#)

The soul that immortal, reasonable though! :)

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