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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 might exist!

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 out the reader comments to see what others have said.

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