Mind and Brain: Q & A

San Diego - April 5, 1990 / (046)

Thompsons begins this San Diego State University presentation with a viewing of his “Mind and Brain” video, which elicits a number of provocative questions from the students. As a response, he offers an analysis of the complexity inherent to the mechanical function of the brain, which involves the interaction of billions of neurons identified with mental phenomena. He then uses the philosophical principle of Occam’s Razor for considering a dualistic approach to the mind-–brain dilemma. Thompson additionally offers descriptions of out-of-body experiences, something that can suggest support for an autonomous, nonmechanistic, and conscious psyche interacting with the brain.