A to Z 2014

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Monday, April 15, 2013

M is for Mysteries of the Mind

When you think about it, the mind seems more invisible than mysterious but there are moments when we become aware that our mind is functioning independently.  For example, you're driving home from work and as you approach your house you realize that for the past several minutes you weren't paying any attention to the turns you made, the lights you stopped at, or the scenery you passed.  I know, scary hu?  But we've all done it, it's like we're on auto-pilot while our mind takes off on a little journey of its own.

And who hasn't experienced that odd feeling that you are reliving some experience from the past?  You know, you walk by a house you've never seen before but something about it tugs at your memory.  Or you have a conversation with someone and you get an odd feeling that you've had this exact conversation before.

Or how about when you are stumped by something during the day, something you just can't remember, like the name of a band who sang some obscure song.  Eventually you give up and go about your business right?  Then wham, it comes to you in the middle of the night and you wake up and go, "Oh yea, so and so sang that song."  It's as if your mind was on a mission to search and retrieve and even though you weren't consciously thinking, it continued to percolate behind the scenes until it found what it was looking for.

All these experiences are pretty common but they do suggest that the mind is separate and distinct from the brain.  Here is where the mystery comes in.  Where does the mind reside?  Is it physically real?  When we "talk" to ourselves how does that work? I know, I know, it's a pretty weird topic but it does make one think.  But do those thoughts come from the mind or the brain?  Gottcha!


  1. My mom has a lot of memory loss due to heart attack right now. Apparently the mind is more fragile than I would ever have guessed.

    Happy A to Z blogging.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your mom and I hope her recovery goes well. Godspeed.

  3. I have wondered the same thing! Nicely put into words. Beguiling topic,to say the least. Thank you

  4. I have been reading about how your brain works,
    We "Talk" to our selves all the time, either by our sub conscience
    or our conscience . Our sub conscience can't tell the difference between a real or an imaginary thought. That's where the "Fight and Flight feeling comes from or on the other extreme you can think you're sun bathing on a sunny beach and your mind thinks it is.
    Great topic.

    1. It is fascinating the way our subconscience and conscience interact and the our minds can play tricks on us.

  5. Great topic! This is very interesting to think about. :)