It’s irreplaceable…

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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.

Rene Descartes


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.

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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?

3 responses to “It’s irreplaceable…”

  1. You pose a very difficult question. Much like asking, What state do you have to be in before someone should pull the plug? When you’re older, the mind goes there.

    1. I know what you mean, and it is a very valid point. This is slightly off topic, but I think that is why everyone should plan for that. I am only 30, and I have had to write my will and think about funeral arrangements. Sadly, it was my grandparents that raised me who had to know my dying wishes, and when I would prefer no more lifesaving procedures could be performed. Although that was in 2019, I still feel that I have done the right thing to plan early. Even if I had passed without making those wishes known – I trust my grandparents to make the right decision. Which leads me to your point.

      I feel, in my heart, after having been on a ventilator in the intensive care unit – I feel like the right time to pull the plug is when there is no brain activity present. Why? The person that is lying in that bed, is a shell of the friend or family member that you knew. Human personality is created in the mind, Without personality/ consciousness – who is that person? Thank you for commenting! I really appreciate your ideas and input.

      1. It is hard to plan for but plans can be changed. I am older but was on the brink 10 years ago. Pain is hard to handle sometimes and makes you consider the options. Wishing you all the best.

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