What Is the Mind?
What is the mind? I remember one theologian who played a word game in seeking to answer that question. He said, “What is the mind?” And he said, “No matter.” And then when someone said, “Well, what is matter?” he said, “Never mind.” He was trying to communicate that what we call the mind, though we recognize it is inseparably related to the physical organ of the brain, cannot be absolutely equated with the brain. The brain may be the seat of the mind, it may be the organ that the body uses to think, but there is a difference between the physical organ that does the thinking and the thinking itself. So, we ask the question, “What is thought?” Is thought merely a biochemical, electrical impulse that can be measured in exclusively physical categories? Or is there something nonphysical or spiritual about thought that is basic to our existence as human beings?