THE MECHANISM OF THE MIND
The famous philosopher Descartes had once said: I think, therefore, I am. ( Je pense, donc, je suis.)
Sometimes only one sentence comprises meaning of great depth. If you did not have your mind you would not have been able to think and, thus, not have been aware of your existence.
A patient in a coma is not aware of his existence since he cannot think. He actually has a mind but since its functioning has temporarily become dormant, he cannot think and is unaware of his existence.
The mechanism of how the mind function are interesting. The mind does not function on its own. It functions in coordination with logic.
Why is something logical or illogical to us?
If we assimilate mind to a library and logic to a person; a person goes to the library and checks the information index to see if any of the events we encounter are registered there. If a similar event is not found in the index, the mind interprets that event as illogical.
For instance, if you mentioned about a cellular phone to a person of the Medieval Ages he would have thought you were talking nonsense – illogically since there would not have been any information in the “index.” Whereas, nowadays since we know the cellular phone, even a camera phone is not a surprise and accepted as logical, since there is such information in the “index.” They had wanted to kill Galileo for having said Earth is round, since this statement appeared illogical to them.
The human mind works just like a the hard disk of a computer. Information and data acquired in time are registered, as if, to the hard disk of a computer. The difference is that a computer randomly registers data through the optical printer to any area. Whereas, the human mind does not randomly register data but to the contrary accumulates the data in a specific department. For instance, identity recognition data concerning persons you know, are preserved in a certain area of the mind. This is why the mind accesses the memory files more quickly and we recognize a person as soon as we see him. However, during a person’s life span, the human mind, like a hard disk, is filled with information and becomes congested. We start to not remember new events and experiences. This is why, when we age we remember our childhood quite clearly but not what we have had for breakfast in the morning – Space has run out to register data.
In a computer there is a “favorites” folder where we save files frequently used. There is a similar system in the human mind. We instantly remember people we see frequently but have difficulty in recalling the name of a friend we have not seen for a long time.
On this planet what differentiates us from other species is our ability to think and judge. For instance, when blindfolded and tied to a mill, a horse continuously turns around without ever thinking why. Animals have a limited level of intelligence and learning capacity. Some species can even learn cause and effect relationships and interpret them. In psychology this is called conditional learning. In a clinic experiment, a caged monkey is urged to take a banana from the top of the cage. An electrical current is run on the top of the cage and the monkey receives a shock.. In its second attempt the monkey succeeds in taking the banana by opening a non conductive lid. This is called conditional learning. This is like a child’s burning his hand when he touches a stove and finding out that a stove is hot and not to be touched.
A new born baby, as if he knew, turns toward his mother’s breast and begins to feed himself. This is intuitive behavior as in animals. As a child grows, he starts to discover and learn his surroundings. Then he learns from his parents what “hottttt” means, When he goes to school he acquires new information from his teacher. He learns from the books he reads and, most importantly, from the mistakes he makes and his experiences he incurs. Thus, the hard disk called “mind” is continually filled with data.
People differ from animals by thinking, judging and objecting to something contrary to their logic.
When Abraham’s fear was dispelled, and the good news had come to him, he pleaded for the people of Lot with Us.
VERSE 74, HOUD (HUD), SURA 11**
Whereas, animals do not object. When spurred by its jockey, a horse instead of overthrowing the rider, rides as fast as it can because of the pain inflicted on its ribs. This is how we, as humans, differ.
If we could not coordinate all this with our mind and logic, we would be no different than an animal. We would not have acknowledged our existence. Nor pleasure our selves with the beauties of nature.
Thus, we must be thankful to God for having given us our mind through grace.
God prouduced you from your mothers’ wombs knowing nothing, but gave you ears, eyes, and hearts so that you may be grateful. VERSE 78, THE BEEs (NAHL) SURA 16
MAY GOD BE YOUR BELOVED AND YOUR COMPANION
(AKIN ÖRSMEN 4.6.2008)
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