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Science vs. Pseudoscience & Collective Unconscious

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The mind may be localized to the brain. Then again, it may not. Many scientists view mind as an epiphenomenon of neural activity. In particular, this seems the stance of Eric Kandel, 2000 Nobel laureate in physiology, as articulated in In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind. Study the brain long enough it is presumed, and we will eventually understand mind. But a lot of evidence -- anecdotal and scientific -- suggests otherwise.

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Comment by Ed Price
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Okay, talk about "MIND." But is mind necessarily the identity? Is mind the real essence of "I am" or "I exist?" Or might it be that mind is only recognition of identity, and that the soul is the true identity.

Since we are so materially inclined, we barely recognize the fact that inside each of us exists that which says, "I am I" or "I am" or, in the case of God, "I am that I am," which is the Hebrew word that we spell YHWH, or Yahweh, and in the past, spelled Jehovah.

Probably the soul of man has an essence and a memory that is far greater than that of the mind that is connected to the brain.

Comment by Dennis Treybil
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The article makes reference to The Conscious Universe (1997), parapsychologist Dean Radin .

To this I would add The Self-Aware Universe by Amit Goswami, circa 1994 or so.  Goswami subscribes to the monistic idealism school of quantum physics.  That school posits that consciousness is the foundation of everything.

If I read Goswami correctly, matter, considered inanimate and inert in the classic world of Newtonian physics (and to some extent, Einsteinian physics), is entangled with the foundational consciousness of the universe.

Goswami spends the better part of the 1st chapter addressing whether consciousness is localized in the brain.

DC Treybil


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