Re: Spirit, consciousness, free will and infinite nesting

From: Saj Malhi <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 19:39:56 -0000

Earlier I wrote:
>> The
>> mind therefore remains a distinct entity and is not the physical activity
>> of
>> the brain. It is somehow a sum of the neuronal processes but is not in
>> itself a neuronal process. There is therefore no need in this argument
> the concept of 'spirit'.
[JB--] You say that a sum of neuronal processes is not the
>physical activity of the brain ?!?

[SM--] Yes, I do. It's like this: the English language, in all its
complexities and depth, is ultimately made up of just 26 letters and a
similar number of punctuation marks. But if someone were to ask you - "What
is English (or any other language for that matter)?" I do not think you
would describe it as "About 50 or so symbols arranged in various groups and
arrangements." That is not what language is. Similarly, I do not think it
appropriate to describe the mind simply as "A number of electrical impulses
firing in various sequences." It is something rather more than that.
Received on Fri Jan 29 1999 - 11:45:34 PST

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