Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dualism: The Mind and The Brain


I can say they are definitely two separate things. How? You are reading this.  You have to know my story. In the past, someone in my condition wouldn't be able to communicate with you. But technology is changing that. Look at this video, but watch how he is communicating:  
Just because his body doesn't work doesn't mean he can't think. I used to have something similar to that computer set-up. A dot of some sort of material was placed on my forehead and I'd play a game to learn how to manipulate a cursor on a computer screen, a head mouse! I've been in the same boat. As time went on I didn't need that. I started making sounds which led to talking, and it has been documented that I now type with one finger. "Angela Ronson suffered a major AVM bleed and stroke with massive injury to her entire brain.  She was in a coma, semi-coma, and ultimately the “locked in syndrome” for a total of 7 years.  Yet she has made a full neuro-psychiatric recovery, with her personality and memories basically the same as prior to her massive brain injury. She speaks, can use her arms and fingers, and  is even starting to walk again!"

So, I obviously had ideas in my mind, but not the brain capacity to get them out. They would have to be two separate things then. It has been taught, "The brain is the mind." I say that is only part of it.

What is the soul? According to it is "the principle of life, feeling, thought, and action in humans, regarded as a distinct entity separate from the body, and commonly held to be separable in existence from the body; the spiritual part of humans as distinct from the physical part." I don't think of the soul as thinking. I think of the mind doing that, though.

So all this time I was in a body with no working brain (other than bodily functions), yet I still had thoughts and ideas in my mind. That makes a strong case for two separate things.

Brain injury,
I am saying your mind is still the same. Your brain is different.  


  1. This was accessed recently. I forgot about it. Easy to do cuz we don't realize how fast technology is improving. 20yrs ago we didn't have the iPod. We couldn't detect thought in someone just laying in a hospital bed in a coma. It's not hard to imagine then if this person could eventually move an arm. The things that person will get out w/ the new technology....

  2. Now it's thought only: Vegetative patient Scott Routley says 'I'm not in pain'