When I was studying Philosophy of Mind, I came across ‘Kim’s Argument’, which briefly stated is as follows. When a finger is pierced by a
Around 2,500 years ago, the ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates put forward the idea that the brain might be the centre of the mind (disagreeing with
This demonstrates that ‘freedom’ from conditioning cannot be ‘forced’ upon an individual or group, but must be carefully planned and provided for through a subtle and tolerant ‘learning curve’. This is achieved through the agency of education, and requires a steady but precise exposure of past conditioning, so that a pristine state of mind can be rediscovered that facilitates multi-dimensional perception, and the ability to see different points of view, and select the most correct mode of behaviour in any given situation.
Of course, if the Buddhist experience of ‘empty space’ is purely subjective, then how can it be ascertained that such an experience is ‘real’ as opposed to ‘imagined’?
All the mind creates is endless thought-patterns (of varying quality) that traverse its psychological fabric, interspersed with often ‘irrational’ islands of ‘feeling’. This is the status of the ‘modern’ mind, which is viewed very much as an extension of matter, or the accidental by-products of biological responses to physical conditions.
What many do not realise, is that this act was just one of many designed to disempower Native American Indians, and in this case, ensure that large swathes of ancestral land were taken off of the various tribes, and kept exclusively for European ‘leisure’ activities.