The issue of mind has perturbed me for many years, and still does. It is common to hear questions like: What is life, or matter or anything, I used to wonder about mind, so asked: what is mind? To be clear, I call mind to an idea or a thought, also dreams are pure mind-things.
Days ago something suggested that science can't answer a question about 'what is' something. Why not? Because science has been always all about how things work, not what they are. Even Schrodinger on its book What is life? Finally explores How is life produced? What things are is a matter of definitions (I know it is not that simple). Of course, models are a way to define what things are, but they really exist as useful ways to understand the behaviour of things, not as reality. So there we have, for example, the atomic model.
Some general questions
Naturally, there appeared new questions about mind. It has no scientifical sense to ask what is mind, although I suppose we can ask:
- why do we see, hear, and even suffer in dreams;
- how mind acts over brain (and the opposite).
This last question is particularly interesting because of its relation to free will.
Specific question to this forum
I posted here because I'm interested on the scientificalness of the previous questions, I mean, if the previous are valid questions to study scientifically. It'd be greatly appreciated if you can add some scientific studies about the problem.