mind


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.
Related to mind: mind games, subconscious mind

mind

1. the human faculty to which are ascribed thought, feeling, etc.; often regarded as an immaterial part of a person
2. intelligence or the intellect, esp as opposed to feelings or wishes
3. (in Cartesian philosophy) one of two basic modes of existence, the other being matter

mind

the mental faculties, mental experience of the human individual, involving self-consciousness, ‘free will’, thinking processes and unconscious processes. It is a hypothetical, and sometimes metaphysical, construct, which expresses a holistic capacity based on the neurophysiological processes of the brain, yet additively becoming more than these, i.e. an emergent property. Philosophically, there are disagreements about the way to express these properties. Major disputes have existed on the mind-body relation, on whether or not mind and body are to be conceptualized as separate ‘immaterial’ and ‘material’ realms (See DUALISM. MATERIALISM). Related debates (in PSYCHOLOGY) surround the doctrine of BEHAVIOURISM, that scientific psychology can proceed only by analysis of overt behaviour, not mental events. It should be noted, however, that doctrines such as philosophical materialism, which reject a dualism of mind and body, are not necessarily committed to a denial of ‘emergent properties’ of mind for many explanatory purposes. See also STRATIFICATIONAL MODEL OF SOCIAL ACTION AND CONSCIOUSNESS.

mind

[mīnd]
(psychology)
The sum total of the neural processes which receive, code, and interpret sensations, recall and correlate stored information, and act on it.
The state of consciousness.
The understanding, reasoning, and intellectual faculties and processes considered as a whole.
The psyche, or the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious considered together.
References in periodicals archive ?
Philosophers of mind are currently leaning toward a model of consciousness inspired by phenomena such as swarms, ant colonies and beehives: these collective entities behave intelligently, even though none of their members is conscious of the functioning of the system as a whole, and even though there is no hierarchical structure that makes certain members responsible for decisions.
This reinforces the tactile memory of the piece while still ensuring the mind is engaged.
The book contrasts the minds of Lal and Arkin with that of Margotte, Sammler's niece and Arkin's widow, who tries to engage Sammler in a discussion of Arendt's thesis that the "banality" of evil was to blame for the Holocaust: "'The idea being,' said Margotte, 'that here is no great spirit of evil.
To make a long story short, something happens with the brains of the campers, and it's up to Raz to jump into their minds and make things right.
In a similar way, an author could link a Mind Map of a book's planned table of contents to individual maps created for the contents of each chapter," Parker said.
One of Kirk's achievements in The Conservative Mind was to advance a revival of interest in the work of another religious thinker: Orestes Brownson, a figure so sui generis as to elude placement in school accounts of American intellectual history.
My mom knew how to run the washing machine perfectly, if we did not mind the clothes being washed four or five times a day (since she forgot she had just washed them).
Would the use of brain scans for medical diagnosis and prescriptive treatment be an appropriate use of mind reading?
Direct experience requires that in experiencing the plant your mind is quiet.
The Best Minds mention one other thing: that the United States will soon emerge as the world's dominant economic power, controlling half the world's GDP, with industrial superiority and all the optimism and dating associated with a victor.
On the contrary, for Berkeley, as for Johnson, the active, creative mind continuously shapes and reshapes the world by perceiving it.
The DISCIPLINARY mind - described as mastery of major schools of thought, including science, mathematics and history, and of at least one professional craft.