I’m getting sleepy, sleeeepy, very sleeeeepy…

I never undertsand why stories like this (“Hypnosis really changes your mind”, New Scientist, 13:28 10 September 04, by Anna Gosline) amaze people. Well, let me restate myself. I understand why people love such findings. There is a dull and widespread opinion these days that since the brain always changes with the psyche, and that the mind can be altered via the brain, that the mind *is* the brain. We live in an age of presumed reductionism and it’s just as numbly assumed neurology presents deep problems for classical (and Christian) anthropology.

But was it ever a surprise, really, that the brain changes in conjunction with the mind? Did we ever doubt that “feeling in love” literally warped your brain? When was it such a revelation that guzzling booze wrecked your brain and, in turn, wrecked your mind? God made the human mind a brainish thing. He did not, however, make every brain a minded thing.


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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