CHAPTER 2

How Does the Brain Generate the Mind?

How does the brain generate the mind? The answer is very simple: we do not know.

Since the time of Plato, philosophers and anatomists alike have debated and struggled to figure out how the human brain produces the mind (thoughts, feelings, and behaviors). Over the centuries, inquisitive and intrepid scientists pretty well figured out how all the other organs in the human body fit together and perform their respective jobs. For example, we know quite well the various components and mechanics that are at work inside a cardiac cell, and we have clear explanations as to how living heart tissue functions as a nice pump to move blood around the rest of the circulatory system. We also have a good grasp ...

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