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Unformatted text preview: his history or his name, and that continuity of the "self" so deeply
prized and held by all religions to be part of his immortality is gone. Then after a little while, a few days or
weeks, the disarranged neuronic pathways reestablish themselves as usual,--and the ego comes back to the
One might cite the feeble-mindedness that results from meningitis, brain tumor, brain abscess, brain wounds,
etc., as further evidence of the dependence of mind upon brain, of its status as a function of brain. No
philosopher seriously doubts that equilibrium and movement are functions of the brain, and yet to prove this
there is no evidence of any other kind than that cited to prove the relationship of mind to brain. And what
applies to the intelligence applies as forcibly to character, for purpose, emotion, mood, instinct and will are
altered with these diseases.
 Except that equilibrium does not itself judge of its relationship to brain, whereas mind is the sole judge of
its relationship and dependence on brain. Since everything in the world is a mental event, mentality cannot be
dependent upon anything, and everything depends upon mind for its existence, or at least its recognition. But
we get nowhere by such "logic" gone mad. Apply the same kind of reasoning to brain-mind, body-mind
relationship which anatomists and physiologists apply to other functions, and one can no longer separate body
Interesting as is the relationship between mind and character and the brain, it is at the present overshadowed CHAPTER I. 11 by the fascinating relationship between these psychical activities and the bodily organs. What I am about to
cite from medicine and biology is part of the finest achievements of these sciences and hints at a future in
which a true science of mind and character will appear.
Certain of the glands of the body are described as glands of internal secretions in that the products of their
activity, their secretions, are poured into the blood stream rather than on the...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
- Spring '11