Veritas Aequitas wrote:
In this case, the emotion circuits in the primal part of the brain are not removed (they are still pulsating as usual), but rather are modulated by the higher human brain with the theories and practicals of philosophy.
There should be effective rewirings in the brain to make the higher human brain more active philosophically and in overall control.
In philosophy, there is no perfection, absolutes and certainty. Realistically, there is no 'either black or white', rather there are a million or trillion shades of greys between.
You are dabbling in areas of scientific research here rather than any philosophical approach to what being hu'man truly is. "There should be effective rewirings in the brain to make the higher human brain more active philosophically and in overall control"
...? Seriously? Who would do this rewiring? And why? Are we not the pinnacle of creation as we are? Must we rewire ourselves to improve our condition? Too much mind.
The individual can rewire his/her own brain. There are 100 billion neurons each with up to 10,000 synapses. The brain analogically is like, there are 100 billion people on Earth, each individual handling up to 10,000 computers on the internet.
Every time a human learned a new skill, acquired new knowledge, one of these synapse is connected to another and thus rewired. It is a question of the complexity of connections between these synapses.
Mental progress (though not yet very precise) can be measured by the thickness of connections and brain activities.
There are many research done and comparison of hundreds of brain images of credible seasoned meditators with the contrasting images of beginners and non-meditators.
Thus if one were to improve one's consciousness state via meditation, brain rewirings and imaging feedback in comparison with those of the seasoned meditators, that would be very effective and expedite progress.
Our very hu'manity is dependent upon Being, plain and simple. The problem our species has is mind. We place far too much importance on that one word, within the vital discussion of what it is that makes us hu'man. Mind is nothing more than a tool. A tool is not what or who we are. We are what our tools create.. symbolic references to our desires, our dreams, our needs and wants.
Mind is a very loose term and the question is whether it has any inherent existence at all. Nevertheless, if mind is taken as a tool and it is conditioned by the brain and its neuron, wouldn't it be rational to make the tool more refined, precise and effective by rewiring the brain.
That being said, V.A., your ideas are no different than the vast majority ... solely reliant upon mind instead of our very Being... a Being that we have yet to acknowledge exists within our fragile and fallible physical body. Look at the history we have written for ourselves. We've made our species out to be the pinnacle of evolution because we can make ourselves anything we want using a language that only we know and understand... using ideas and theories that only we have concluded with that mind. Indeed, if we are truly as marvelous a creature that has ever walked this earth, why is everything we have created, why is all the knowledge we have amassed still insufficient to live our lives freely... free of worry, free of doubt, free of confusion, free of material needs, free of gods, free of religions and philosophies...? Mind. Mind, that fallible entity that we place so much value upon, has yet to completely fulfill not only our basic needs but even our desires. All these things I've listed are ideals we work long and hard for but eventually all becomes a burden... insufficient. We were better off on the journey before we settled in to a destination.
I think the idea of developing the 'mind' as interdpendent with the brain is not a majority idea.
I understand the idea of 'Being' is deliberated by the minority. However, it is merely a more refined form of the ontological God of the majority. Whilst the concept of Being is more refined, it is still illusional (re Kant) and has remnants and traces of uninhibited impulses of emotions from the lower animal brain.
Mind is not only fallible but it is demanding - wanting to be constantly listened to... keeping us from our much needed rest, diverting our attention from one thing or the other... mind is a child-like tool that loves to play with it's environment. Witness our ecological upsets mind has forced us to engage in.
We've allowed mind to run amuck while we attend to it's demands as if mind were what we are versus what mind is... a tool for our ongoing evolution. We've aggressively used mind to create our religions, our philosophies, our arts and sciences but still we are unsatisfied. The fallibility of mind has not been able to fully materialize our need for expressing that Being within us all.
As I had said, the concept of mind is a very loose term.
A mind ( /ˈmaɪnd/) is the complex of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, and judgement — a characteristic of human beings, but which also may apply to other life forms.
I think what you are referring to is the 'self' and the lower self, the ego "I". That is what the Hindus termed the atman and Brahman as the 'Being'.
Fear not putting mind away to give our Being a reprieve. It's not a great mystery to put mind away. We've all done it. Witness our abandonment in lovemaking. When we meditate or in deep prayer our mind is at rest. When we are consumed in the creative process our minds are at rest... "lost" in the beauty of music... we all have our escapes but few realize what we are escaping from is mind.
What you are talking is an experience of non-self or 'depersonalization', a mental state which can be independent and interdependent of any other positive or negative mental state.
Yeah, one can experience depersonalization during lovemaking, in meditation (non-duality), in awe and wonder, peak performance and other positive mental states, but one can also experience non-self and depersonalization via drugs, mental sickness, brain damage, and other related negative mental states.
An experience of non-self or positive depersonalization can be a mark of spiritual progress, but it is not a default standard of progress.
Spiritual progress should be represented objectively by the rewirings and the relevant and appropriate neural connectivities. This can be evidence by fMRI brain imagings. It should be supplemented with other external elements, like the school of spiritual practices, length of meditative practices, natural disposition, expression of knowledge and wisdom, etc.
A drug addict or mental sick person can experience Being, God, being God and being Being. However, brain imagings will reveal dead and inactivities in other parts of the brain that are necessary for wholesome and holistic spirituality.
Suggest you expand your knowledge on neuroscience and biology with spirituality rather than be too quick to put down the ideas of others.