You Are Not Your Brain

A primitive tribe is found in the dense forests of South America. The tribe has never had contact with modern civilization. While the tribe is sleeping a battery operated radio with a clear plastic case is set into the middle of the village and is controlled by a researcher via a remote control electronic system. A satellite is used to monitor the tribes daily activity. When they awaken the researcher turns on the radio and the tribal members now hear a voice projected through the radio speakers. 

Of course they are stunned by the event and have no comprehension of the technology involved. No matter how they approach the radio there is simply no way to see it connected to anything else. When looking at the inside via the clear plastic case they see wiring and components that make up a radio but nothing else. And yet they know that the voice they hear is coming from the radio therefore in terms of their primitive logic (based only on the forest they live in), the owner of the voice must be inside the radio. 

Now substitute the concept of a primitive tribe with a group of modern day neurologists studying the human brain. They know that as they prod and poke different responses occur and yet they cannot actually find those responses within the brain. All they ever find is the wiring and components that make up the brain. The neurologists know that the responses they measure are coming from inside the brain therefore in terms of their primitive logic (base only on modern day civilization), the responses (memories etc.) must be inside the brain.

“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength, inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know it exists.” – Nikola Tesla 

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