ground wrote:As a friend of natural science I know that neither "self" nor "mind" can be found but the organ "brain" can be found.
Can you explain exactly what 'brain' is?
Th brain merely provides the physical environment through which mind is experienced
in the context of a relatively material reality.
Through a human brain, a mind is experienced as human experience.
But if the conditions are that of, say, a dog's brain,
mind is experienced as dog experience.
Brain and mind are like a forest and a deer.
The forest merely provides the physical environment for the existence of the deer.
The deer is not produced by the trees.
At the same time, what has evolved as a deer
meaning its color, its food needs, IS
produced by the forest.
The two arise simultaneously.
Likewise, activity of the mind can rewire the brain
and an injury to the brain can affect the working of the mind
just as a mirror with a crack in it will distort the reflection.
So, what is it that "comes to life" in the environment of the brain?
But because of the brain's limitations, we only experience a limited experience
Even though the mind's true nature is unlimited.
What we call "Consciousness", as we know it, is not what exists after the death of the brain.
But the causes of consciousness, which as not dependent on a physical brain, these remain
not owned by anyone.
Just as the cause of a tree "exists" in a seed.
"Consciousness" is not a thing, and "mind" is not a thing.
these are just vague and ambiguous terms we use to refer to a constant flow of events.
Talking about "mind" is like talking about "wind"
there is no actual thing which exists that is the wind,
even though what we call "wind" can be produced and experienced.
It's just a combination of air and pressure.
inherently exists, ultimately, that can be identified as "mind"
so no wonder scientists have trouble finding it.