What is reality?

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Huh. Cosmic weirdness. It's windy outside, and after I typed my previous post concerning the orchestra, my mind wandered, and I thought about the idea a wind-powered music box... and naturally did a google search for 'wind-powered music box.' The third result led to a physicsforums thread :)
 
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However, I wouldn't say that the implication is that there is no 'self' or no 'mind', only that they are not anything that exists independently of the brain. As I said in the 'non-physical universe' thread, I think consciousness is a process that the physical brain performs, not a 'noun' in its own right. If that makes sense.

Sort of how a symphony piece is a process of the performing orchestra. When the instruments stop moving, the process halts.
So where is the "symphony piece"? It is a concept in human minds. Where is a constellation? It is a concept in human minds. Where does the dark side of the moon end and the light side begin? Only in a mind. When you see two things, where is "two"? There is no such thing as "two", that is only a concept in a mind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_object . Where do "you" end and where does "other" begin? That is only in the mind. Why not give up this silly notion that there is a "you" entirely? That is infinitely closer to Reality. And then the implications!
 
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Nova, the mind may be nothing more than what the brain "does". This is not a novel concept. Please acquaint yourself with readings on the philosophy of mind:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_mind

We have wandered far from the topic here. You've given us too much story with too little punchline.
 
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