Is there a link between the mind, brain, and consciousness? It’s a complicated question, but here at GR8NESS, we can’t help but dig into things precisely like this. To determine the answer, we have to look at the functions and definitions of each. If you’re scratching your head right now, you’re not alone. Highly esteemed universities and research centers have been examining this exact question for years. Despite the brain being, arguably, the most important organ in the human body, there’s still much that scientists have yet to uncover what goes on deep inside our heads.
The Human Mind
The mind is defined as “the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel.” That’s part of consciousness. Perhaps. The mind is full of processes that are triggered by the brain.
We’ve examined how brain chemicals affect our emotions, and thus the way we feel. But what about how we think? What controls thoughts such as “What’s the meaning of life?”
The Human Brain
The brain is defined as “an organ of soft nervous tissue in the skull… that functions as the coordinating center of sensation and intellectual activity…” We know that we can train our brains to perform certain functions better and alter our brain chemicals with medication to solve mood disorders like depression.
The part centered on intellectual activity may lend to the development of consciousness.
Consciousness is a difficult concept to define. It’s said to be “the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world.”
This poses an important question. Does the brain control the mind, which then controls consciousness? Or does the brain control consciousness, which then controls the mind? Undoubtedly, there’s a link, but what exactly is it?
Many people believe that consciousness is entirely separate from both. Confusing, I know.