by JR Watkins
Common sense tells us the mind is the product of the body. Ask any person and they will tell you the body came first, then the mind. Makes sense, right?
Asking it another way: Did the physical universe come first and then mind evolved over time resulting in the eventual appearance of humans with large enough brains to put those minds to work? Does that make sense?
Did physical matter produce minded beings?
Most scientists would answer in the affirmative, that what we consider “mind” is nothing more than a natural outgrowth of physical evolution. We can, through all kinds of science, show that man evolved and as his mind grew larger and his central nervous became more complex (for a variety of reasons such as better nutrition intake and having an opposable thumb), his thinking improved and also became more complex. I can agree with this observation, it makes sense.
We might even logically deduce this process taking place on any world where the right combinations of complex organic compounds could produce complex life forms that also have intelligent mind function. We can then take the next step in deducing that intelligent life is likely to exist not just on our world, but on many other worlds in a vast and almost infinite universe. One day we may even meet or have contact with other intelligent life and it will be an incredible experience, especially if we have shared commonalities of personality.
To conceive that minded beings operate throughout the universe is, at least to me, an exciting proposition. If true, this will prove that MIND is part of the organic makeup of all of the hydrogen and carbon that makes up universal space. Its a pleasant notion to believe the universe at large is capable of producing minded beings who get better at being minded beings.
But now I want to propose another theory, one in which postulates that MIND comes before matter, a pre-requisite of matter, and that the whole reason Matter (the physical universe) is organized as it is for us to interpret and make sense of it, is because a Mind planned it. Some call it the Universal Mind, some call it God.
If God is real and is the master planner then the second hypothesis must be true, which is to say Mind, even a Supreme Mind, was a prerequisite to life in the subjective sense; that our minds on earth were actually planned to occur and the evolutionary plan of animal ascension (higher mind activity) was purposely put in motion; it was intended that earth would eventually produce higher-functioning animals who could reason, seek truth, attain wisdom, and yes, worship the very mind that set all of this in motion.
If one takes the position that Mind is merely the natural outworking of physical matter eventuating into highly complex brain activity that can actually communicate with other highly complex brains, then you still have to explain how Mind (a non-material form of energy) can arise from non-personal carbon and hydrogen material.
To put it simply, mind operates independent of matter even though mind needs matter – a physical arena – in which to function. But Matter doesn’t need mind, necessarily, so why would it produce an entity that works independent of it?
The only plausible answer is that Mind produced Matter, not the other way around, as we are prone to believe.
Where do you think Mind comes from, was it pre- or post-matter and energy.
What do you think?