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You don't know how your body functions but your brain does, even though you are your brain. amirite?

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Even crazier, what about a cut. Even a brain dead person will heal a cut.

Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

Nickyikkys avatar Nickyikky Yeah You Are +10Reply
@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

I try to test my brains reaction time.

I tell my brain to tell my arm to move but without doing it consciously.

This obviously doesn't work.

@vcsandfeces I try to test my brains reaction time. I tell my brain to tell my arm to move but without doing it...

How about when I see a food that isn't mine and my brain sends saliva to my mouth even though the same brain knows the food isn't mine?

@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

And then you forget how to walk and start panicking staying on one place.

@Some-Noname-idk And then you forget how to walk and start panicking staying on one place.

I do this going down stairs, especially high ones. My brain suddenly decided to overthink things

@Some-Noname-idk And then you forget how to walk and start panicking staying on one place.

This happens to me while going down stairs sometimes, I just have to take a second and ground myself. Pun intended

@Some-Noname-idk And then you forget how to walk and start panicking staying on one place.

Then you start thinking about the individual muscles keeping you upright, and you lose all sense of balance

synthsexuals avatar synthsexual Yeah You Are +3Reply
@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

I believe i read somewhere that a lot of your motor function that controls walking is actually controlled by clusters of neurons in your spine so that the signals dont have to go all the way to the brain.

I believe this also may have to do with the development of "muscle memory" where your body learns to react in sports or other activities without you thinking much about the exact way to do it.

@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

Sometimes I try to trick my brain when I'm bored.

Like making moves with my brain but not with my hand for example, if it makes sense..... And all the time it is not working!

@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

You know how to flex a certain muscle but you can't tell anyone how to do it.

@Nickyikky Sometimes when I am just walking I think to myself "How am I doing this?"

It's crazy how we just do that stuff without thinking, yet only when we think to do it. Like I have loose ligaments and people always ask "How tf can you do that??" when they see some tricks, and I legitimately can't explain it. It's like trying to instruct somehow on how to move their arm up— you just do.

Boknows12s avatar Boknows12 Yeah You Are +2Reply

Does the brain really "know" like you say? Does a smartphone know how it functions, or does it just function?

@SnooStories Does the brain really "know" like you say? Does a smartphone know how it functions, or does it just function?

How can it just function? Unless it's been programmed by an outside force to function in the way it's been wired.

no no no no no...

You are not your brain.

'You' are the aggregate projection the sum-total of work being done BY your brain.

'You' don't live anywhere, not in a particular cell, not in any space between; 'you' are an assemblage.

There is no YOU only a conglomeration of cells that ends up defining itself through very complex interactions that came to build themselves this way by chance.

The Big Bang happened and by chance of a incomprehensible amount of interactions the atoms that make up what you claim to be YOU today ended up self sustaining through these interactions. Life is a continuum where there is no easy way to define YOU. You morphed and changed slowly over billions of years to come together at an extreme consciousness that now you can call yourself.

It's mind blowing that we dont really ever go away or ever come into existence you've always been there changing and adapting and you will always be here.

My mother told me that we are a separate entity apart from our brain. Your brain is like your Pokémon that you train to get smarter.

It's less of knowing and more of just doing it. Most of your body functions are not directly controlled by your brain but by your cells and chemicals for communicating.

I don't even know what i am. Am i my brain?, Am i a soul?, Am i a parasite inside the body of a monkey like creature? It's hard to determine what i am

freq432s avatar freq432 Yeah You Are +6Reply

Sort of. My brain feels like someone else sometimes. And he's kind of a dick.

How about when I see a food that isn't mine and my brain sends saliva to my mouth even though the same brain knows the food isn't mine?

I am part of my brain. I am not %100 my brain because the "me" portion of things can be turned off while the rest is left running.

You own nothing in this world. You're just here

srilarts avatar srilart Yeah You Are +6Reply

Nah, you're not your brain. Your brain is hardware, like a hard drive. You are software, a program running on the hard drive.

@Iapetus-11 So what's makes you, you?

The same thing that makes a program a program. Software running on hardware. If you mean what makes me me and not you, I've got a different ID Number. Maybe I'm a different version number, too.

Nickyikkys avatar Nickyikky Yeah You Are +3Reply
@Nickyikky The same thing that makes a program a program. Software running on hardware. If you mean what makes me me and...

More like you don't get access to all the files on the hard drive. Some files are meant to be confidential. That's just how the "body" works

An important lesson is also, you do not need to know how your body works. Your brain takes care of most of it. Trust it to do the mundane stuff.

Boknows12s avatar Boknows12 Yeah You Are +5Reply

I am not my brain. How could anyone conclude that they are an organ of their body?

If there's such a thing as a soul (which is a belief you can find some variation of in most religions), then this technically isn't true. It's more like your brain is an operating system and you're just using it.

You don't know the details of how your phone works do you?

It really is weird to think about how we all know how to just breath, use our arms, legs and blink with no prior experience. It just IS.

If my brain knows but I am not sure, am I really my brain at all?…

Mrtechnohawks avatar Mrtechnohawk Yeah You Are +5Reply

You're not your brain, you are the consciousness part of your brain.

@Some-Noname-idk You're not your brain, you are the consciousness part of your brain.

That doesn't has to be true. It depend what you consider it means being "you". Philosophers used a lot of paper on that one...

But I get what you mean, it goes even deeper if you consider consciousness as an illusion created by the brain...

@Cheytuflya Well mine is win 7, could be worse

XP is the sweet spot. Unfortunately a significant amount of people in my close proximity seem to run on Vista..

@Cheytuflya Well mine is win 7, could be worse

Mine is vista, everything froze and i overheat every time i try to do anything

contextrips avatar contextrip Yeah You Are +3Reply
@Some-Noname-idk You're not your brain, you are the consciousness part of your brain.

Exactly. You're like the main() function of a program. You're aware of what's going on, but not exactly how everything's implemented

@Some-Noname-idk You're not your brain, you are the consciousness part of your brain.

In other words the part of your brain that raises your heart rate or releases dopamine doesn't "know" anything.

Mytokhondrias avatar Mytokhondria Yeah You Are +3Reply
@Some-Noname-idk You're not your brain, you are the consciousness part of your brain.

Imagine when the unconscious part would take over your consciousness

@monsterallergies Imagine when the unconscious part would take over your consciousness

Happens any time you need to make a quick decision. Consciousness is probably the exception.

@monsterallergies Imagine when the unconscious part would take over your consciousness

That's how it feels like for me after ingesting a large dose of psilocybin mushrooms.

@monsterallergies Imagine when the unconscious part would take over your consciousness

Take a large dose of lsd. It's fun to realize you're not behind the controls anymore. Fun and/or terrifying.

Why would you assume that your that your brain knows how the body functions?

browndog888s avatar browndog888 Yeah You Are +4Reply
@browndog888 Why would you assume that your that your brain knows how the body functions?

Your brain is like a computer, and your organs/limbs are kind of like peripherals.

The brain sends signals either directly to them or to a "hub" like the solar plexus, and these parts relay information back to the brain.

In that way, the brain "knows" how to communicate with these parts and knows how to keep everything running smoothly.

It's been proven that even after removal of a limb, the brain still knows how to make it work (the phantom limb phenomena where people still feel like they have the limb when it's gone). This is also proven by the effectiveness of prosthetics.

Kasies avatar Kasie Yeah You Are +7Reply
@Kasie Your brain is like a computer, and your organs/limbs are kind of like peripherals. The brain sends signals either...

The brain is nothing like a computer.

The computer is just the technologically most advanced thing that we can compare our brains to.

We used to compare them to steam engines, pre-digital era computing devices, etc.

I'm beginning to see comparisons of the brain to quantum computers, so we still have a way to go until the truth, I guess.

monsterallergiess avatar monsterallergies Yeah You Are +10Reply
@monsterallergies The brain is nothing like a computer. The computer is just the technologically most advanced thing that we can...

I like the idea that Westworld used, in that the entirety of a human consciousness is actually a remarkably small amount of actual "code" and once learned, is quite easy to reproduce.

@browndog888 Why would you assume that your that your brain knows how the body functions?

Here it depend what you call "knowing".

Like being in a Taxis

You tell where you want to go to the Taxis driver who know how his car work and how to bring you there.

But the taxis driver doesn't know how his car work in a mechanical way...

The concept of "knowing" is another aspect that made Philosophers use a lot of paper...

@browndog888 Why would you assume that your that your brain knows how the body functions?

I imagine it doesn‘t know. Basically it gives orders, but just from other receptors: organs work for themselfes, pain receptors say „hey brain, I‘ve got hurt", brain goes „hey, dude, you've got hurt" , there are trillions of creatures living inside our bodies communicating over different channels with each other, no way our brain tells the microbes what to do

@bibbitybobbitybacon I imagine it doesn‘t know. Basically it gives orders, but just from other receptors: organs work for themselfes...

It kinda has to know to keep things in check? That is the entire function of the hypothalamus, more or less. But yeah it doesn't "know" every little thing that happens, it just receives, processes, and reacts to input from some bodily systems.

The brain does a decent bit of regulation, but to be honest most of the functions in the body are self-regulating or mechanical or controlled by things like chemical levels and interacting with the things around them, it's not like they all report back to the brain as a central CPU sending out operating signals. Some do, and it actively handles things like respiration, but most don't. By and large the body just... functions, and the brain has control over higher-level bits.

And that's why when it malfunctions and we don't have a clue about the problem we go to the expert of knowing how the body works " the doctor" .

Kasies avatar Kasie Yeah You Are +4Reply
@Kasie And that's why when it malfunctions and we don't have a clue about the problem we go to the expert of knowing how...

Doctors only know to a certain extent. We still don't know certain things such as why we dream. Yet all of our brains do it and we only have theories as to why.

Brain doesn't know either :) a lot of bodily functions are chemical reactions or are controlled somewhere else (think reflexes and your bowels).

You are not your brain, not even close. It's just really good at getting you to do things and think they're your idea. Many of which aren't even in your best interest.

Would one say my brain "knows"? Even though I don't have control over unconscious activities the brain commands

You is PART of your brain. There's a second, mysterious part, that KNOWS things.

KilljoyXs avatar KilljoyX Yeah You Are +4Reply

Sometimes my heart screams in confusion until I discipline it with an electric shock.

Ah this is very dangerous thinking, soon you may realize there is no you at all.

Thatoneduderyans avatar Thatoneduderyan Yeah You Are +3Reply

Your brain doesn't "know" how your body works any more than a car knows how an engine works

Mind-body problem GO! Pls define knowledge while youre at it. (25 marks)

Oh boy, the whole concept of "you" is so mind numbingly complex. We don't even really know where it begins or ends, or if it does even end.

You are not your brain though.

You are your neocortex, that runs on your brain. You are like six sheets of crumpled thin paper wrapped around your brain wrinkles

But you are not your brain

Question. When you imagine a fictional scenario, is that literally a simulation running on the hardware of your brain?

When you dream it's like one part of your brain is creating a film for another part of your brain

A good analogy is that You the sentient personality are just a program running on the OS of your brain. It knows how to interface to the peripherals but only exposes an abstraction layer interface to you.

@bibbitybobbitybacon A good analogy is that You the sentient personality are just a program running on the OS of your brain. It knows...

And for the older generation, it's like when your mom realized you would never clean to he level so she says she will do it while you watch... But everyone knows you aren't learning and she's going to have to do it next time anyways.

Kasies avatar Kasie Yeah You Are +8Reply

You are a high level program running on your brain responsible for abstract optimization of goal functions so you're not your brain

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