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Difference Between Mind and Brain

Mind vs Brain

Mind is related to brain. Most people do not find any difference between the two words mind and brain. Most scientists and thinkers believe that the brain and the mind are one and cannot be separated. Most of the time these two words are used interchangeably. While brain is considered to be a physical thing, mind is considered to be mental.

The brain is composed of nerve cells and blood vessels whereas the mind is not like that. While the brain has a definite shape, the mind does not have one. We can see and touch the brain whereas it is not possible to do this with the mind.

As the brain is made up of several materials, it can be studied. On the other hand, it is hard to conduct studies on the mind as it is not made up of any material.

The brain is an important organ in the human body whereas the mind is not like that. It is in the brain that all the functions and activities take place. The brain, which is the centre of the nervous system, coordinates the movements, thoughts and feelings. But these are put forth or felt through the mind. We all use the mind to think, feel and respond. The Mind refers to a person’s understanding of things and also his conscience. Mind also refers to a person’s thought process.

The brain has a definite place in the head. But with regard to mind, it is only supposed to be in the brain. The brain may be affected with diseases and can be diagnosed whereas mind does not have such complications.

Summary

  1. Most of the scientists and thinkers believe that brain and mind are one and cannot be separated.
  2. While brain is considered to be a physical thing,  the mind is considered to be mental.
  3. Brain is made up of nerve cells and blood vessels whereas mind is not like that.
  4. While brain has a definite shape, mind does not have one.
  5. We can see and touch the brain whereas it is not possible with mind.
  6. The brain is an important organ in the human body whereas the mind is not like that.
  7. The brain, which is the centre of the nervous system, coordinates the movements, thoughts and feelings. The mind refers to a person’s understanding of things and also his conscience. Mind also refers to a person’s thought process.
  8. The Brain has a definite place in the head, but with regard to mind, it is only supposed to be in the brain.

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  1. The mind is an illusion of the brain. The mind doesn’t really exist. What we consider as the “mind” is the brain at work. How you react to your environment, how you feel, and how you make decisions are made by your brain from experience and influence of other people. We don’t think of ourselves and our brain as one thing. We think of our brain as something mechanical and out of our control. But your brain defines who you are. You are your brain.

    • Brenden…what evidence do you have that what you have said is true. You have made a rather bold assertion, one that has been debated for centuries, but you have offered nothing to substantiate your assertion. Can you please supply that evidence?

    • my idea of mind is that it could be, some part(s) of the brain that allows us to let say picture our thinking process, create images, recall memories, feel emotions. As we know every different part of the brain is responsible for different task. The mind is a receiver and recaller of informations, that are gathered then processed in different parts of the brain.

      Apart from that I believe that every decision we make in our life or even every thought that appears in our mind is conditioned on tens of different things, like our knowledge, experiences, emotions, mood or even our diet. Same way as drugs or alcohol influences our thinking (so it influence our state of mind), other substances found in food let say serotonine in chocolate which gives us feeling of happiness.

      If im wrong and there is no specific part in the brain that we could call a mind then I must agree with Brenden, mind is an illusion.

      if anybody would like to discuss more on above topic please email me to 108720045@umail.ucc.ie as im curious of other people opinions :)
      Pawel

    • Kant’s disproof of materialism and empiricism
       
      Materialists argue that in essence we are no more than our bodies.
      Empiricists such as Hume ruled out the possible influence of anything transcendental
      in our perception of objects.
       
      But that position was disproven by Kant, for example in his transcdendent deduction of
      the role of the self in perception http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-transcendental/
      in which cognitive science and philosophers such as Dennett and Chalmers
      seems to have overlooked the critical importance of the transcendental.
       
      As a result, Kant gave this argument against materialism and empiricism:
       
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant
       
      “Kant  proposed  a  “Copernican  Revolution-in-reverse”,  saying  that:

      Up  to  now  it  has  been  assumed  that  all  our  cognition  must  conform  to  the 
      objects [materialism and positivism] but  …  let  us  once  try  whether  we  do  not  get  farther  with  the  problems  of 
      metaphysics  by  assuming  that  the  objects  must  conform  to  our  cognition[transcendental idealism].”
       
         
       
      Dr.  Roger  B  Clough  NIST  (ret.)  [1/1/2000]
      See  my  Leibniz  site  at
      http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough

       

  2. Hai Pawel…:-)
    i just read u r answer. In my openion… We can not see the air but we can feel the air. Like the same… We can not see the mind but we can feel the presence of mind because of thoughts. We have two brains right. Small brain and big brain. During sleeping we r taking breath with the working of our small brain. We will get thoughts in the night time also… So our mind some whats related to small brain also. Ok anyhow our brain is doing lot of things like controling the body, store the memory…etc. In brain at some part, the item is called creating ideas or thoughts or dreams, making as think… Thats nothing but mind. So mind is a small part in brain. If that part is damaged then we can not think properly. Ok. Its all just my openion with my knowledge. U can oppose or support.. Thats ur wish.
    U can share ur openion through mail vasu.marripudi@gmail.com

    Thank u.

    • well vasu, what you are saying is your opinion, i can not say you are right or you are wrong, what is needed is proof, what can you give to support your opinion.

    • Kant’s disproof of materialism and empiricism
       
      Materialists argue that in essence we are no more than our bodies.
      Empiricists such as Hume ruled out the possible influence of anything transcendental in our perception of objects.
       
      But that position was disproven by Kant, for example in his transcendental deduction of the role of the self in perception

      http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/kant-transcendental/

      in which cognitive science and philosophers such as Dennett and Chalmers
      seems to have overlooked the critical importance of the transcendental.
       
      As a result, Kant gave this argument against materialism and empiricism:
       
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immanuel_Kant
       
      “Kant  proposed  a  “Copernican  Revolution-in-reverse”,  saying  that:

      Up  to  now  it  has  been  assumed  that  all  our  cognition  must  conform  to  the 
      objects [materialism and positivism] but  …  let  us  once  try  whether  we  do  not  get  farther  with  the  problems  of 
      metaphysics  by  assuming  that  the  objects  must  conform  to  our  cognition[transcendental idealism].”
       
         
       
      Dr.  Roger  B  Clough  NIST  (ret.)  [1/1/2000]
      See  my  Leibniz  site  at
      http://independent.academia.edu/RogerClough

       

  3. well, brain and mind are different things, but the brain cant functions without mind, there wont be mind without brain, these two are different but work together as both depend on each other. what i am saying is based on the answers of several people, which when i combine them they produce this outcome. no scientist can differentiate brain and mind that will please everyone as the two are working together.

  4. We think of our minds as what makes us, us. However, physical interactions with our brains can dramatically affect our minds. From physical damage, resulting in a wide range of mind-altering complications, to substance abuse, such as high doses of LSD which result in mind-altered states of consciousness. If these entirely physical/material interactions can somehow interact with our immaterial minds, that would raise some questions such as how does something material interact with something immaterial, and vice versa, if our minds are what interacts with our brains and bodies to make us unique.

    Another option to believe is that we are entirely physical, that there is no immaterial/supernatural things. This implies that our mind and consciousness are illusory by-products of the brain’s natural processes. This would answer why chemicals or brain damage can affect our ‘minds’, but would also have dramatic implications such as; given enough technological advancement, we should one day be able to fully experience and come to understand someone else’s mentality, their conscious thoughts etc. from nothing but their physical brain/body.
    This also raises questions of our own free will, whether we are just a bunch of chemical reactions or something more.

    So far, I haven’t been fully persuaded either way.

  5. Anyway in my own opinion though i might be wrong becos i am still researching I think the mind is the processor while the brain is the primary memory and secondary memory for storage as we have it in a computer. According to philosophy our mind at birth is a plain sheet (tabularazer) that a lot of things is written on as one grows. Therefore it is our mind that learns. Also the animals don’t have mind, there4 they don’t learn. Education made us to know that an animal just given birth to is 99% developed and they live their lives on instinct. Animal depends on instinct. Now as human beings we depend on learning through the use of our mind. Research made us to know that human beings are made up of spirit, soul and body and that the mind is in the soul with emotion and will. Mind(intellect), emotion, will are all in the soul. Therefore the mind is separate from the brain. The mind receives info, processes it and stores it in the brain. It also recalls info from the brain. Thought is a fruit of the mind conceived by the mind connecting to the brain to search for information, information gathered is processed and we have thought at the end of the day. The mind is our consciousness because it the mind that learns. When we read or study books we get or recieve the info of the book through the mind consciousness into the brain. We are the told the brain has three memory parts: the outer memory which is volatile like RAM, the inner memory which is like ROM and the Disc which is like the Hard disk. Our name is inside our disc becos of our frequent consciousness of it. That is the reason while you don’t think that is do mind processing before you remember your name. Unlike the inner memory, you think that is, the mind has to recall info from the brain through searching of the files in your inner memory before one can bring out what is there. As of the outer memory, the mind require deep thinking to recall info from this memory and it is such a memory that after two or three days when the info you have put there is not used by the mind for consciousness or thinking it will evaporate. Conclusively, I believe the mind together with our brain in operation is our intelligence and intelligence issue is address or accessed or tested by considering the rate at which one gets information, the capacity at which the info is retained and how superb or excellent the info is utilized. IQ = Get + Hold + Used. Thanks

  6. The brain is like a computer which has been programmed to carry out certain tasks, such as thinking, responding to stimuli,receiving processing storing and presenting information.Whilst the mind is responsible for your emotions, perceptions, behaviour and habit and these factors are what really determine who you really are and not your brain.The brain is just a processes so I would strongly have to disagree with Brenden.

  7. not a useful info…time waste

  8. I am on the brain side of this and came up with an analogy to explain why: the brain is the computer and the mind is the operating system

  9. The brain gathers the information the mind decides which point of view you think is right. The mind is the decision maker.

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