- Some secular scientists argue, for example, that certain neurological disorders which impair the brain's function demonstrate that the mind reduces to the brain because, if the brain was not damaged, then the person's mind would not be likewise "damaged." They would not suffer from certain personality disorders, for instance, which are associated with brain lesions or somesuch. So these secular scientists see a causal relationship between the brain and the mind, with the brain causing the mind.
At best, I'd think this might prove the brain is necessary to mediate the mind. But I don't see how it'd prove the brain generates the mind.
It's like water flowing through pipes. If the pipes are damaged, the water can't flow through. Thus the pipes are necessary for the water to flow from one end to the other. But pipe damage doesn't somehow prove pipes generate water.
- Moreover, psychiatrists often use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help patients who suffer from mental disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Depending on the disorder, CBT can be quite effective. BTW, Google "neuroplasticity" here too. As such, this would seem to show that the mind has some influence on the brain, that the influence isn't necessarily unidirectional from brain effecting mind as some secular scientists might argue, but that it might involve the reverse.
- Near Death Experiences (NDEs). There have been NDE cases where the patient is clinically dead. Brain dead. After resuscitation, the same patients were able to accurately report what they saw happen to them in the emergency room or operating table. It's hard to sift the wheat from the chaff as far as NDEs are concerned, but Steve and Jason, among others, have provided helpful info in the past. For example, see this post.
Saturday, August 07, 2010
Many secular scientists believe the mind emerges from physical processes originating in the brain. However, there are a couple of problems with this: