The Brain/Existence Paradox

It is commonly believed that the brain gives rise to all sense impressions, and even consciousness itself. And so: Via the brain we experience the world around us!

In the field of cognitive neuroscience it has become quite clear that each little part of the brain corresponds to some physiological or mental property: For instance, the occipital lobe (which is located in the back of our head) is said to give rise to visual sensations. And somewhere in the left-brain hemisphere the language center is located, which gives rise to the ability to speak and understand language, as well as the inner voice, popularly known as The Interpreter. And so forth with all other areas of the brain…

This kind of correlated observations, between local brain activity and observed sensation or ability, has in some cases been determined to a remarkable degree. For instance, it is shown, that when experiencing seeing a particular colour, a corresponding particular little area, of the part of the brain associated with visuals, become active, while other parts do for different colours. A detailed map of the brain has thus been created, since this is more or less possible with all the five sense impressions.

Do these observed correlations necessarily mean causation? Well, perhaps seemingly so! For indeed it does seem that way. And when a map has been clearly presented of which areas become active in the brain, as all sense perceptions are present, it surely seems like the phenomena of experiencing the world has been clearly elaborated:

The brain presents to us: Existence!

But a paradox is only a paradox, when another interpretation is possible, which at first may seem like a load of crap. And here it comes:

The brain does not really produce our experience of sense-perceptions. Rather, the brain itself, is a product of sense-perceptions! It’s the other way around.

Sense perceptions give rise to the brain!

The reason clearly lies in our understanding of the brain itself: Because we understand the brain through sense perceptions in the first place, it is clear that the brain itself is nothing but that – A product of sense perceptions.

Understanding is nothing but the right combination of sense perceptions.

However absurd this may seem, it is undeniable. We know the brain only through thinking about it, touching it, seeing it and hearing about (and perhaps smelling and tasting it?). All these faculties, or principles through which we believe we can rely on to conclude anything about, are brought to us through sense-perceptions alone.

It brings us back to the good old Scientific Meditator message: How can sense perception yield information about anything other than sense perception?

Why does it seem so obvious that the brain produces our sense perceptions, when all the information we have available is sense perception?

It’s like looking at a tree, and stubbornly claiming it to be a reflection in a large mirror, despite having never seen the mirror itself. It could be, of course… but why would you be so sure?


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