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What is Mind? What is its relationship with Brain?

Posted by khuram on November 13, 2008

“Mind” is an abstract term. Mind is not the name of any physical thing. Word “Mind” is different from word “Brain”. “Brain” is the name of a physical thing.

In most simple terms, Mind is sum total of knowledge, information, opinions and attitudes of a person. Mind is conscious of itself.

Relationship of mind and brain is that of software and hardware. But brain is not based on binary technology. Therefore nature of mind is different from the nature of computer softwares. For example, if most basic element in computer software is “data”, then most basic element of mind is not data … the most basic element of mind is “information” i.e. a “proposition”.

Mind gets basic input of “information”. Mind organizes this information in various styles. And the so “organized” information is the “knowledge”.

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7 Responses to “What is Mind? What is its relationship with Brain?”

  1. M Umer Toor said

    You said:

    “….nature of mind is different from the nature of computer softwares.”

    I believe it is, to a little extent, though. As our memory stores data, or information, the same way computer does: organizes disorder into order – same does the computer.

    Stephen Hawking does find a similarity b/w brain and computer. He, thus relying on the analogy, explains psychological time and law of thermodynaics (= two arrows of time)in terms of computer memory. That, Computer stores memory obeying forward time arrow, same way we experience time subjectively, i.e, it knows past but doesn’t know future (for as hawking says, “if it were not, one could make a killing on the stock exchange by having a computer that would remember tomorrow’s prices!).

    I Have a question to ask: by organizing disorder into order (by receiving input), does our mind, or rather brain (its hardware) lead universe to disorder (by producing energy etc, I mean entropy)?

    Waiting for your reply.

  2. khuram said

    Well, but I do not think that our memory functions in same way as computer memory does. Computer memory is based on binary technology. There are different styles of binary “on/off” signals in different type of memory hardwares. In ram, it is like on/off switch penal. In hard Disk, it is like repulsion (on) and attraction (off) between the poles of tiny megnats. In Compact Disk, it is like laser hole (on) and no such hole (off) signals.

    Human memory doesn’t function in this way!

    Secondly, here you are talking about the concept of “Entropy”. Here Hawking is saying that while memorizing something, the order generated in mind is far less than the total disorder that has been imparted to the whole of universe.

  3. M Umer Toor said

    Here Hawking is saying that while memorizing something, the order generated in mind is far less than the total disorder that has been imparted to the whole of universe.

    When I revised my comment, I confess I was wrong. Yes, I agree human memory doesn’t consist of binary-memory-of-computers.

  4. M Umer Toor said

    But does our mind releases energy, as you say lot of times, when its organizing perceptions or say information (in case of computer its clear)???

    You’ve Stephen Hawking???

  5. M Umer Toor said

    I meant.. how does our mind…?
    Sorry for the mistake

  6. khuram said

    Well,,, mind must consume enegy and also release energy in that process. … Yes I have gone through “Brief History of Time” by Hawking.

  7. M Umer Toor said

    Didn’t find it childish? A great brain, as a person said to me, doing childish things. he sounded shocked….

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