Philosophical thoughts about life

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Something tries to explains itself

Imagine a stone starts to try explaining itself by asking all sorts of questions. Where do I come from? Where do I go? Why am I aware of myself? Crazy, isn't it? In fact, our brain is doing exactly that. At least the brain of a scientist asking the above-mentioned questions.

The most arrogant organ

Think about the following:
Isn't the brain the most interesting, the most fascinating and the most wonderful organ? Now, ask yourself who is telling you that?

What is an emotion?

An emotion communicates a feeling! The young lady feels very happy and her face and her arms communicate her happiness. Thus, happiness as such is not an emotion, it's a feeling. The respective emotion is behavior that communictes the feeling to others.
Read the following paper: click here

What is the human Psyche?

The brain contains sensory neurons that feed it with information and it has motor neurons to execute behavior. In between are interneurons processing information. That information processing is the human psyche!

What is the self?    I   my   me   myself   mine

Like we perceive a colorful sharp "constructed" picture of external stimuli we might also perceive our self (or the "I") as a "constructed" percept of internal stimuli such as memories and other information related to our body. 

From ions to perception!

The brain constructs a percept (image, tone, smell, taste, etc.) from charged particles flowing through cellular membranes. That is not easy to understand, but it is what it is, at least according to the current knowledge that we have from the Neurosciences.

The adaptive value of consciousness might be overestimated!

The brain constructs consciousness like it constructs perceptions of objects. In case of self-consciousness the object is our own self. Finally, our own self can be measured through self-referential processing in the brain. We can measure brain responses that distinguish between self and other.
Perhaps, 99% of the time our brain makes decisions outside awareness, which leads to the question if there is any adaptive advantage of human consciousness?

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