What is the Mind?

As there are at least two main approaches to defining the mind it makes being precise about the definition much more elusive and open to interpretation.

The first states that the mind is related to the physical brain and the nervous system.  And even if the mind is related to the brain then it would still not be a single physical part of the brain but a set of electronic impulses that pass through it.  Unlike an arm or a leg there is no one specific single component of the brain that could then be categorised as the mind.

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The second approach to defining the mind states that the mind is separate and distinct from the physical body.  So the mind is one thing and the body another.

Both approaches to defining the mind also look at the relationship of the mind to emotions, consciousness and soul.  Many great philosophies, religions a

nd scientific discussions have discussed the mind and its relationship to these dating back to the days of the great philosophers such as Aristotle and Descartes.

What the mind does do is it allows a person to be aware of their world and to put in order the many different inputs (noises, sights, smells) and then to be able to organise these inputs.  In organising these inputs, there are judgements and perceptions that come from people’s experiences, memories and thought processes that go into that giving structure to those inputs.

Whatever the view on the mind being a part of the body or not, the outputs from the mind create how people respond to the world, express opinions about and act in situations.  The mind takes all of the information that it has had as an input, organises it, and then responds with information and reactions in each situation as an output.