The distinction between mind and brain
The fact we have separate words for ‘brain’ and ‘mind’
clearly reveals man’s gut-feeling they are separate entities. And
if they are, it means the mind must be non-physical—for where else
could it be within the body? My book, Reality Check:
Science Meets Religion, begins by drawing a clear distinction between
the two, for once it can be accepted that mind lies outside the physical
world of space-time, it is possible to grasp an even more important point:
the mind of God also lies outside space-time. And that need not be so
surprising if you consider the following logic: a creator can never be
part of his creation, any more than an artist can be a part of his picture.
Substantial evidence about the non-physical nature of the mind is provided
by considering well documented cases of telepathy, shared dreams, cosmic
consciousness, near-death and out-of-body experiences—including
a fascinating example of a shared dream from my own personal experience.
Why all this focus on proving mind is separate to brain? Because it shows
that mind is independent of brain and therefore capable of surviving death.
Because understanding mind allows us to better understand the nature of
creation; after all, we all create space-time worlds in our dreams! Because
it gives us a springboard into understanding the true nature of reality.
And, believe it or not, because it helps us to understand how the multi-dimensional
world that science is pondering upon can actually show us where Heaven
A useful analogy about the relationship between brain and mind is to
think of a battery-powered radio. It has the capability of picking up
invisible radio waves propagating through space and converting them into
sound. But the intelligent source of that sound is in some remote studio,
not inside the radio. When its battery dies the radio can no longer achieve
its physical purpose of converting those radio waves into sound—but
the source remains unchanged; the DJ still talks and the music still plays
in the studio; and the radio waves still propagate through space—even
through the ‘dead’ radio. Similarly, when the physical body
dies, the mind remains alert. Why not, given it is not a physical entity?
Hopefully, convincing you about the truth of survival after death is just
one of the amazing things you will gain from reading this book. Check
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"The survey of arguments both for and against the existence of God provides the reader with a way to better compare and contrast different viewpoints… Presenting the strengths and weaknesses of all of these different viewpoints was one of the things I liked most. I was really interested to read these chapters because, as a mathematician and a Christian, while there may be perceived conflicts between science and religion, I believe there are no conflicts between the structures and systems of the universe and God. This book also explains things very well… [and is] accessible without sacrificing scientific integrity… I think the book will be enjoyed by many and will encourage lively discussion." (David Bortress - Authonomy)
"Extremely well written, researched and set out. Every point is very clear. The analogies are extremely imaginative and very effective. The passion in this work is powerful and every paragraph is thought provoking. The arguments are well thought through and persuasive... I would suggest that everyone reads it and think very carefully about what you say." (Gareth Naylor - Authonomy)