You think it's your brain that is doing the controlling? Not at all. When you are hungry your stomach produces a hormone to remind you to eat. This hormone causes you to put your keyboard aside and seek out food. And when a barking dog suddenly leaps out at you, your body produces adrenaline which makes you ready to fight or flee. The list could go on. And the brain is a minor player in all of this chemical chaos in your body.
For instance I want to proceed studying now and i see my guitar lying around and again i rethink i'll study later practise guitar..after practising guitar i dont feel like studying and think of studying the next day....I tend to end up studying in small chunks or postponding my study stuff...
There is an area of the brain that is used for self-regulation/self-awareness and it seems to be activated during "mindfullness" types of meditation. There are a number of scientific studies on this, a few even showing structural changes in the brain of the long term meditators.
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Kathy and I came up with definitions for *mind* and *brain* when we wrote the Head First books. I think that they're fairly commonly agreed to, but I'm sure that they're not perfect:
- the *brain* is that piece of meat / machinery that has evolved over millions of years. It's designed to survive in the wild, looking out for tigers, good things to eat, and procreation opportunities. It uses chemistry to direct itself. It's bored by Java, it's interested in sex. In fact, it's designed to try NOT to learn stuff like Java. Usually, when you're studying Java, your brain isn't producing very exciting brain chemicals.
- the *mind* is, from an evolution perspective, much younger. Your mind is capable of planning, delayed gratification, and so on. So your *mind* can see the benefit in learning Java. You learn Java, so you can get a job, so you can get money, you can go on dates, so you get to have sex!
One of the things that's potentially useful about these definitions is that in theory your mind can trick your brain into being interested in stuff like Java. You don't *have* to trick your brain, but your studies will go a lot better if you do.
I guess that's a valid way of looking at it, but personally, I think what we like to call our mind is simply a projection of our experiences. It's not something that performs distinct functions from our brain. It's simply our brain's stdout :P
This reminds me of my favourite quote. I'm not sure where it's from originally, I believe Body Snatchers, but I've only heard it quoted in a song I listen to often, Analog Park by The Gathering.
"The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I'm not sure it'll ever be able to figure itself out. Everything else, from the atom to the universe, everything except itself."
The mind is a strange and wonderful thing. I'm not sure that it will ever be able to figure itself out, everything else, maybe. From the atom to the universe, everything, except itself.