Piero Scaruffi(Copyright © 2013 Piero Scaruffi | Legal restrictions )
These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"
Life and Mind
One wonders if the relationship between life and mind could be turned upside down.
Life is a cycle of chemical reactions that eventually got enveloped in a "skin" and embodied in a body.
Mind (as the set of cognitive faculties, ranging from vision to learning) is, ultimately, a cycle of electrochemical reactions. What if it arose independently but eventually evolved within bodies?
Mind may not require life, but it would probably not have evolved to our stage without a living body to use and serve.
Mind (conceived as this abstract electrochemical phenomenon) may have existed before life. Life gave it a body, a brain. Life gave it a… life.
Mind may not be the only process that was "absorbed" by life. Digestion may have pre-dated life, as a phenomenon freely occurring on Earth. And so many other chemical processes.
Mind is one of the many processes that a body uses to grow, survive and reproduce.
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