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Saturday, July 14, 2018

What is a mind?


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Naples National Archaeological Museum


What is a mind? Here is my definition:


A mind is a faculty that enables a being to have beliefs, memory, sense replications, emotions and a subconscious


I believe that mind processes can be sensed via consciousness. For example, if you are nervous about a presentation at work, you can become aware of your thought. The same goes for any explicit thought you might have. In this regard, it's important to not conflate consciousness with mind.


I believe that the subconscious helps the mind to perform intuition. Intuition is when we have a belief but the reasons for our belief are unclear. In this situation, a being must rely on their subconscious to determine the truth. Without the subconscious, I believe that the mind would operate extremely differently than we are accustomed to.



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