Saturday’s Big Idea
Today's Big Idea: Body and Mind
It is an unfortunate weakness of the idea-obsessed (us included) to conceive of the body as a kind of life-support system for the more valuable functions of the brain. This is a Western tendency especially – for thousands of years the Eastern contemplative traditions have been investigated the subtle and inextricable relationship between our physical body and our consciousness, and treated the two as separate entities only in a rhetorical sense. In recent years Western scientists studying consciousness have been coming to similar conclusions – complicating the picture of mind and body with new information about the distributed way the brain receives and processes information, the connections between raw feelings, emotions, and ideas. And cognitive psychologists are increasingly convinced of the powerful impact first impressions and external appearances can have on our social lives and careers.