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Humans are addicted to the hope for a final reckoning, but intellectual humility requires that we resist the temptation to assume that tools of the kind we now have are in principle sufficient to understand the universe as a whole. The greatest advances in the physical and biological sciences were made possible by excluding the mind from the physical world. This has permitted a quantitative understanding of the world, expressed in timeless, mathematically formulated physical laws, But at some point it will be necessary to make a new start on a more comprehensive understanding that includes the mind.

It seems inevitable that such an understanding will have a historical dimension as well as a timeless one.

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The idea that historical understanding is part of science has become familiar through the transformation of biology by evolutionary theory. But more recently, with the acceptance of the big bang, cosmology has also become a historical science. Mind, as a development of life, must be included as the most recent stage of this long cosmological history, and its appearance, I believe, casts its shadow back over the entire process and the constituents and principles on which the process depends.

Image: Orion Nebula; public domain courtesy of The Smithsonian. He uses body, mind, and spirit. Memories are part of the mind. It is not that the person does not cease to exist physically, but that the person lives in the Mind and Spirit of God. But does memories live on after the brain dies?


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Neuroscience has shown that memories are learned patterns of neuron firings in specific regions of the brain. The brain is not like video recorder memory. But once the neurons dies the memory no longer exists. This has been shown extensively in living stroke victims. I read City of God about forty years ago.

How does this book relate to the latest results in neuroscience in the study of how the brain remembers things -memories? Hi Patrick A personal opinion based on my personal experiences. My notebook has a 32 bits processor, which means 32 parallel connections for data transfer and works at a clock frequency of some 3 gigahertz. What counts are the input- and output-actions and these are in the range of some megahertz.


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My brain is also a digital computer, with biological hardware, working on a frequency of less than hertz on input- and output-actions and up to 1, million parallel connections for data transfer. So my brain is possibly faster than my notebook. If I touch some very hot object, then my nerves start sending pulses to my brain. My brain interprets these pulses, sends pulses to my arm to withdraw my hand immediately en sends a message to my consciousness to inform me to watch out.

My brain handles all body signals: pain, hunger, thirst, the signals from my senses, stores these signals somewhere and somehow in my braincells. Some signals are not relayed to my consciousness. Among these are signals that control my temperature, the food processing, equilibrium, and so on. My brain can only store the signals it can handle. My brain is unable to handle emotions like fear, joy, hate, love, sorrow. You are able to remember body signals and emotions. The difference between them is that you can remember body signals but not feel them again, while remembering an emotion might provoke to feel it again.

I also remember the sorrow caused by the loss of my little brother over 70 years ago and writing this makes me feel the sorrow again. The brain is not able to store those emotions. The soul stores both, the body signals, the emotions, the thoughts, everything.

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You can find testimonies about this on the site iands. People, revived after a state of clinical death, said that their whole life had passed before their eyes, when they died. I interpret this becoming aware of their memory in their soul. It seems that the soul is omniscient of past, present and future.

Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False

Leakage of information from the soul to consciousness occurs sometimes and results then in clairvoyance and telepathy. Thomas Nagel's "Mind and Cosmos--why the materialist neo-Darwinian conception of nature is almost certainly false Open Forum. Scientific Evidence.

Kurland, Ph. July 15, , pm 1. In a nutshell, Nagel argues that current belief that there is a physical theory of everything—a theory that includes human mentality and values—is unbelievable: I find this view [reductive materialism and neo-Darwinism] antecedently unbelievable—a heroic triumph of ideological theory over common sense. This disbelief is founded on the following propositions: physical science cannot account for the incredibly unlikely beginning of life; physical science and the neo-Darwinian model cannot account for the development of consciousness; physical science and the neo-Darwinian model cannot account for the development of cognition from consciousness; physical science and the neo-Darwinian model cannot account for the role of value in human activity.

The fundamental difficulty with the currently accepted physical picture is, according to Nagel, that the ways in which tries to account for mind, in all its aspects, are inadequate: The first way is to deny that the mental is an irreducible aspect of reality, either a by holding that the mental can be identified with some aspect of the physical, such as patterns of behavior or patterns of neural activity, or b by denying that the mental is part of reality at all, being some kind of illusion but then, illusion to whom?

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Analysis of Thomas Nagel's Mind and Cosmos - Alexander Fink

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