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Michael Edelman mje at mich.com
Tue Feb 16 13:47:18 EST 1999

Ray Scanlon wrote:

> lesterzick at earthlink.net wrote in message
> <7a1v76$mgo$1 at nnrp1.dejanews.com>...
> >Three questions:
> >
> >Does the brain think or does the mind?
> >
> >Can the brain think without a mind?
> >
> >Does the hardware run the software or does the software run the hardware?
> The brain thinks, the soul (mind) is aware of the thoughts.
> We can understand a brain that thinks without a mind. Whether or not a brain
> that thinks must support (or might support) a soul (mind) is beyond the
> capabilities of the human brain. It is better not to spend any time thinking
> on that question.

I think you may be perhaps begging the question here. What does it mean to
"think"? The brain is hardware. By itself, it does nothing. Does a computer
"compute", or does the program?

By "mind" we generally mean the self-aware entity, that which can introspect.

-- mike

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