What is the mind? Does it exist or are our thoughts simply caused by the electro/chemical make up of our brain? This has been a question that has boggled everyone from philosophers to neurologists for a very long time. We know that certain thought processes create activity in different areas of the brain and certain neurotransmitters effect mood and behavior. But at least to my knowledge, our understanding is limited beyond this point.
It is very difficult to prove or disprove the existence of the non-physical mind because the quest in itself may be a paradox. If the non-physical mind does exist we can safely assume that it is effected by changes to the brain. But can this process of causation be reversed? Can the non-physical mind effect the physical make-up of the brain?
If the mind is simply our brain then a disorder should be possible to heal with chemicals which restores the brain’s physical make-up to its balanced state. I think it is fairly clear that mood altering pharmaceuticals, even though beneficial in many cases, is not the panacea it is often considered to be. I get the impression that it is considered to be a cure-all by some simply from the frequency of its use, especially in the United States. I think that the scientistic bias when considering cause and effect of the brain has led many psychologists and patients to ignore the possibility of using methods which do not rely on the daily dose of a drug.
For the sake of argument let’s assume that there is such a thing as a non-physical mind. Since there would be a connection between the physical brain and non-physical mind than what evidence would suggest that the mind does not effect the brain? Are there methods of therapy which effect the physical make-up of the brain without the use of drugs? How much focus has been given to this area through out the history of psychology? These are questions that I’d like to investigate in the future.