It is something that can little be explained due to the vast number of events and connections that must be made in order for it to function properly. Even then, it can fail… leading to catastrophic potential.
It’s three pounds, soggy, and pretty ugly. Your brain can store memories, control temperature and hydration, breathing, balance, hormones, perception, breathing, connects nerves, sleep, dreaming, visual, auditory, coordinated movement, and finally information transfer.
Think about everything you do in a day. It all comes back to the brain. It is an irreplaceable organ that controls every aspect of our existence. Heck, it gives us the ability to understand our existence. Without it, you are nobody. Quite literally.
“I think therefore I am” – Rene Descartes
We can go into the philosophy all day. The fact is, without neural function the personality is null.
Descartes’ famous line “Cogito, ergo sum” (I think, therefore I am) is like the OG mic drop of philosophy. In a world of uncertainty, he found solace in the one thing he couldn’t doubt – the fact that he was doing the doubting. It’s like saying, “I might question reality, but good luck questioning my doubts, mate!”
Now, Descartes had this wild idea that the mind and the body were like this awkward couple that kinda sorta cohabitates but doesn’t fully understand each other. The mind, according to Descartes, was the VIP lounge of consciousness, while the body was just the meaty vessel schlepping it around. It’s like he believed in a philosophical Uber where the soul orders a ride in a fleshy vehicle.
I actually agree with Descartes on a fundamental level. I fully agree with him. If you think, you are. I feel like that is an undisputable truth.
What do you think? What constitutes your standards/ requirements for life, self, and individual personality?