Lecture Topic for the week of 3/19-3/25: The Brain

by admin on March 20, 2012

The Brain

The brain, a three pound chunk of organic matter, is not only the body’s most marvelous organ, it is the most complicated object known. The brain processes 400 billion bits of information per second, it makes the lungs expand with the inrush of air, and the heart beat 100,000 times per day and pumps 2 gallons of blood per minute, the immune system fight off infection. It secretes enzymes in exact amounts to digest your food, it monitors pain and pleasure, signals when to eat and sleep, house memories and thoughts. Every second 100,000 chemical reactions take place in every 70 to 100 trillion cells that make up the body. Recent calculations estimate that the communication between cells actually travels faster than the speed of light. By the way, this is 186,000 miles per second.

Beyond the work the brain does automatically comes something far different. Out of the human brain arises consciousness-the unique ability of Homo sapiens, “thinking man,” to be aware of being aware. Consciousness sometimes referred to as mind, or possibly as soul.

The brain is the instrument we use, the machinery we use to process thought. It also haves auto-processes to allow us to function. The brain’s central intelligence “clearing house”- mind is what the brain does; mind is the brain at work, measuring a working brain, is studying the mind.

My question is! If the brain is the instrument for intelligence, for processing thought, and mind is what the brain does, if you could improve the way your brain works, who’s doing the improving? Consciousness is our self-awareness free will individual. It’s not the body, not the brain, not the mind! Consciousness is what manipulates the brain to produce thought.

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