Your mind, no matter what you think, is not stuck inside your skull…

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Your mind, contrary to what everyone thinks, is not your brain. It’s incredible, after one-hundred years, we’ve learned so little from quantum physics.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

By David Stone

Assorted Ideas, Large & Small

What is that thinking, feeling thing you call your mind?

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Quantum physics, a term I dislike because it implies something separate from plain old physics, was an increasing wonder as pioneers like Einstein, Planck and Schrödinger unveiled mysteries of the very small. The tiny fundamental elements making up the bigger stuff we see as “the world” are different than the mythical reality we believe we live in. But because science explains the discoveries so poorly, most people believe in things proven long ago as untrue.

What could be stranger than living in universe built by myth upon myth, limited, while the truth is so much snazzier?

Misunderstanding your mind and its astonishing powers sacrifices many joys.

The basics nobody quite gets…

For centuries, we were at ease, imagining our minds were tucked between our ears. Our brain’s infinite abilities dazzled us, the more we learned, but in reality, our brains are physical and subject to the same limits as any other material. Our minds, though, are not. They are juggernauts of freedom.

Let me explain.

Probably the most critical fact discovered in the last century of physics is that nothing is really hard and fast. Before jumping into matter, everything is suspended in what’s known as superposition. Our most basic building blocks are indefinite, suspended waves of probability — superpositions — that can go in many directions. Not until the wave interacts with another object does it become real, that is, matter. In the study of human consciousness, that’s known as a collapse of the wave function.

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These terms seem flakey and unreal, but that’s only because they’re new. As words. As how we assemble reality, they’re more ancient than anyone knows.

Our brains are incredibly complex, but imperfect receivers and processors of external stimuli. A beam of light is combined into a picture in our minds. But the important message here is that the beam of light, a photon, was only a probability until hitting a retina. And the picture? It’s a thought and not material. For that reason, it can’t be in your brain, but mental processing trips it up into an unmeasurable, invisible place: your mind.

In a way, it’s sort of like spiritual digestion, but the results are better.

The really astonishing, brain-melting truth about your mind

What’s true about that photon, that beam of light, is true of everything else turned into reality in your mind. A field, a tree, the smile on the face of a child — all come together in your mind after processing in your brain. You think about them, another function of mind, and you probably have feelings about them. And all that helps you assemble the steady flow of seeing, hearing, tasting and smelling sent rising, expanding outside your skull.


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