Aries1982 on Mar 3 2008, 09:24 PM, said:
I too believe there is much more to the human mind than we can comprehend. For instance, if atoms are 99.99% empty space and all matter is made of atoms, how is it that we can feel a tree? Are we really sensing the electrical field of the atoms and our mind perceives it as a tree? If that is the case, why do we see one electrical field as one object and another as something completely different? When we “see” some object, we have no physical contact with it at all, yet we have a perception of it. And that perception really has nothing to do with the physical properties of the object; the perception is of the reflected light off of it. How do we know that what our minds perceive is what we are really seeing? Magicians use slight of hand to deceive our sight perception, if it is that easy to deceive, how valid is it? Water is water; yet when the velocity at which the atoms of the water molecules vibrate changes, we perceive it differently. When we slow the velocity way down we perceive it as a solid, increase the velocity some and our perception of it is liquid, increase it more and it is perceived as a gas.
What is it about the mind that allows ‘hope’ to change our entire outlook on something when in actuality nothing about it has changed at all? I know adult people that have little or no concept of the difference between reality and fantasy; and other people who have such a tangible grasp of the concept that I am awe struck when they talk about it. Why is that? If the mind is such an ethereal thing how can unbalancing the chemicals of its physical counterpart alter its ability to perceive?
Like you said, it is easy to go down a rabbit hole when you think about all of the things you don’t understand about the mind, but take them for granted.