I have just finished watching the Biology of Perception at the question “where is the brain of a cell?”. This clip explains where that question came from (click the Mandtao gif for the clip):-
As you have seen Bruce demonstrates that the gene does not function as the command centre quite simply because removal of the gene does not leave the cell inoperative. So Bruce quite sensibly asks where is the brain of a cell? I was not satisfied with the answer but equally I am not satisfied with the question. The brain sends signals to the parts of the body in order for those parts to act, but does the brain make the decision? I would claim not, the mind does. The mind interacts with the brain leading to the signal being sent along the nervous system.
Let’s return to the cell. On a physical level a cell consists of gene and protein. Now the gene is a blueprint which is protected by protein and the gene is activated with an appropriate signal that removes the protein-protection. The source of this signal is not the gene. Now Bruce argues that the signal comes from our beliefs but as he would say there are too many empty black boxes. How is that signal reaching the cell? The nervous system. If it is belief how does that belief create the signal? How does the belief become part of the nervous system?
These are important questions because they are asking about the nature of mind, its relationship with the brain and where does energy fit in with all that? At the moment the answers are not clear to me. But I am beginning to see mind as a sense. Where is the mind? This question is not asked in the West with sufficient vehemence. Mind is accepted as a philosophical hot potato which is hypothesised and dismissed with ease. It is an academic toy that these pretend seekers of truth enjoy grappling with whilst enjoying holding their seats of fame and fortune. But understanding mind is the crux of happiness in life. In the Treatise I investigated how improving the mind leads to happiness, but I never asked what is mind? Now I must ask.
Now we have sense-perceptions that come eyes, ear, nose, throat and our bodies touching, these are known as the 5 perceptions. In some way I want to consider the mind as a sixth.