where is the mind situated?
January 16, 2007 11:52am CST
mind is a very common term that all of us use in our daily lives..when u say"i've something in my mind"do u say that realisin where ur mind is..?most probably no..because v dont really know the exact location of our mind..n who on earth would prbably wanna know where it is..?!actually i would..i read somewhere that the mind is located in between our eyebrows..but i'm sure u've noticed that everytime u feel sad or happy or any kind of emotion for that matter u feel it not in between your eyebrows but somewhere in the chest..u cant really say where again...i kept thinkin my mind was there..because thats where i felt my emotions..or thats wat i thought... so what do u think..?where do u think your mind is..?
22 Jan 07
You might be interested to hear that the human brain works on a very narrow range of microvolts, averaging about 14 mv as normal. At 20mv, you're psychotic, at 10mv you're sufficiently comatose to write health policy documents. That's like running Manhattan on a AA battery, and the result is something that leaves a computer standing. The mind, however, has a different grammatical usage and meaning to the brain. If someone says something's on their mind, it refers to a frame of reference for mental activity. If you assume "mind" to mean no more than "brain in progress" then a physical location is easy enough. If you take "mind" to mean anything else, like consciousness, identity, personality, mood, inspiration, introspection, any higher intellectual function, physical references aren't much use. The mind produces its own locations as references. Where is inspiration? Not "just above the left eyebrow, slightly towards the ear." Where's love? These are things produced by the mind. So the mind's location is really the driving force behind its products, not the processors that create the products. That same 10-20mv is being used by the mind to steer the brain processes. It's the difference between the car and the driver.
19 Jan 07
It depends what you equate mind with. It sounds as if you associate emotions with mind. I tend to see consciousness as the closest correlate to mind, I think a lot of people do which is why we believe it to be inside our head because that is where consciousness generally seems to be. My sense of my consciousness or mind can move about a little according to how dissociated from my environment I feel. For example now, typing this I am focused on both my thoughts and the outside world so I experience my Self as being perhaps 2 inches behind my forehead. If I am very involved in outside events to the exclusion of thought e.g. on a rollercoaster then I feel my Self to be further forward. If I pull back from the outside world I can feel quite far back in my head, this often happens when I am uncomfortable in a situation e.g. I don't cope very well with over-stimulation so will tend to experience this in crowds, as if my mind is cowering at the back of my head! When I am focused on internal events, for example thinking with my eyes closed, I feel my Self to be exactly central in my head looking forwards at the mental screen which is located between my nose and forehead right at the front.