Hi everyone, I hope you all are keeping well. Sticking with my thoughts of the last three blogs, I think I have a fair understanding of what for me seems to make sense regards to the mind body problem. To summarise: the mind body problem explores the relationship between the mind and the body, namely the qualities or properties of the mental and the physical properties of the body. The predominant questions: do physical states influence mental states? Do mental states influence physical states? The sub categorises to be defined were: what is consciousness? What is internality? And what is the self? Note there is no clear answer or complete model, these are just my thoughts.

I think a good description comes from the materialists or reductionists, though its not the whole story. Materialist view posits that the function of the mind is to directly or indirectly modify behaviour, namely it is the nature of consciousness or mind to modify behaviour. Best describing mental states as chemical states in the physical brain, I think this is a good model for describing I.D and Superego. Though I don’t think it’s the whole story as I said, I simply don’t know the whole story.

While I can’t tell you what consciousness is in actuality, I can say how it appears to be to my eye. That beaning consciousness is reason thus freewill. That part of the self that is Ego, the part that reasons with the I.D and Superego. Be it Physical or Metaphysical it is the part of the self that mediates ones behaviour, this is what the reductionists or materialists say is the function of the mind. Thus, too is the part that is intentionality– the thing that represents or is the result of mental states or allows us to stand for things. It allows us to rationalise with our moral values and instincts it allows us to be realistic with ourselves, it influences the physical by conditioning responses to stimulus through rational self-reflection. Limiting emotion and allowing critical thought, analysis and correction. The consciousness or ego appears to me to be the manifestation of the conflict between I.D and Superego, it is freewill. As John Milton put in Paradise Lost “(Reason also is choice)” the Ego allows us to choose between our desires, instincts and our higher moral values. (Not that they are always mutually exclusive.) In short allowing us to be realistic with ourselves. It being freewill may have good or bad outcomes.  

The physical mind is the biochemical I.D the primitive drives that influence desire and holds our instincts, it is the part of the self that is impulsive and one of the parts that is emotional. It holds not just our desires and instincts but our fears as well, it can be dark and is part of the shadow. It influences the mind through chemical states in the brain, butting up with the other emotional part of the self the Superego. Influencing behaviour in often extreme ways.

The Superego is the part of the self that holds our moral values, our ideals and ideal self. It influences the physical through producing mental sates that conflict with the I.D (our desires and instincts) These feelings or mental states can be directed outward at others or things or towards the self. Thus, influencing behaviour, often in extreme ways. The Ego allows us self-control, moderation and freedom form our emotions, as I said it allows us to choose.

The self then is both the mind and body, the whole of a being. It is how we sense the world and through it things appear relative to ourselves. We experience the world through our relative senses, through the physical into the subjective self-reactive Ego or consciousness. This is the self

That only leaves the description of the soul left, this is perhaps only important to myself.  Often called the psyche or even consciousness itself, sometimes even called the spirt. For me I guess the soul is the character of a person, the soul is the Ego (as described above) itself. It mediates the conflict. Then it would be true to say that the soul is freewill. Too, the character of a person is the truth of a person. It may be that– that is what is judged in the end, the character of person. We often say things like “a stain on one’s character” that may be the same as saying “a stain on one’s soul”.

This is how it appears to my eye and makes sense to me, nothing more. I’m not saying this is how it is. I’m sure others have far more coherent thoughts on the topic. Like I said before this is my exploration, trying to understand my own thoughts after some serious mental health problems that shook my sense of reality. It helps me gain some knowledge of my own thoughts, where I’m at as it were. I could keep it all to myself, though I have always been one keen to share my thoughts and ideas. I guess that one thing that’s not changed about me. There’s a whole realm of thought and conversation to be had about ‘animal’ consciousness, however that is a matter of definitional semantics. This topic is rather huge and iv only scratched the surface.

Anyway, thanks for reading my ramblings and please feel free to leave a comment. Am I right or wrong? What’s your thoughts on the topic? I’d love to read them.

Stay well all.

Published by Engine Mortale

Engine Mortale is my chosen pseudonym, I’ve chosen a pseudonym because I think it most appropriate as some of work will be rather personal. I figured this was the best way. I’m an autodidact, my to prominent fields of study’s are behaviour and philosophy, most recently art and poetry have been of keen interest. I hope genuinely that some good comes out of my out of this thing i call a life, if nothing else just that.

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  1. Great post. I like your process of reasoning it all out. Have you read Ayn Rand yet? If not, I’d suggest checking out the Virtue of Selfishness before getting too far into modern philosophy, because in my opinion, focussing too much on the ego/id/superego is a sort of trap (limiting).

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    1. Thank for your comment, its good get some feed back. I have looked at Ayn Rand before, I didn’t agree with her stand on ethical egoism. As I wrote blog 073 “However, this represents a problem, perhaps of egoism. That being that each individual has one ultimate aim, that being one’s own welfare. Because that is what ego hear as consciousness sets out to do, change and modify behaviour for the best outcome of the self. I think fits with the biological drive of non-eusocial animals, most mammals I think including ourselves are non-eusocial.” Sometimes the best outcome for for the self is tied to the group, meaning that we have to operate and cooperate in groups. Its as ethical egoism puts it one aught to act in a manner that promotes one own interests. That inevitably involves some form of sacrifice, something that some called altruism. Rand being against altruism as seeing it as promoting wellbeing of the group over the wellbeing of the individual. I don’t think it has to be that way. I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive.

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      1. Interesting take. I have a much simpler view, which I imagine Rand had, that the group is nothing more than a collection of individuals. I’m pretty sure her philosophy flowed from this as does mine. I look forward to reading more of your ideas. My studies are in other areas, but I delve in ll kinds of ideas. Rock on and keep blogging. It’s a great way to hash out new ideas.

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      2. I don’t disagree, the group is made up of individuals. I often talk about the importance of individualism. However there is a social aspect that involves some degree of reciprocity, it’s as important as the individual to moral behaviour. I hope you enjoy my blog and get something from it, it’s definitely good to have different options and views. It’s healthy.

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