Mind and Body, But I Repeat Myself

Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
– Mark Twain, a Biography

Oh, Mark Twain.

I am not here to talk politics. I’m here to talk about something I read in the book Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom.

“Your brain interacts with other systems in your body—which in turn interacts with the world—plus it’s shaped by the mind as well. In the largest sense, your mind is made by your brain, body, natural world, and human culture—as well as by the mind itself (Thompson and Varela 2001). We’re simplifying things when we refer to the brain as the basis of the mind.”

And so, like the koshas, the separation between “mind” and “body” is even more artificial than I thought.