Ask Mark - Week 1 responses

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Thank you to everyone who posted questions last week. I have recorded a response to four of the many interesting questions you had posed in Step 1.12 of Week 1. My video responses are on YouTube with links below.

Question 1: I can’t understand why thoughts necessarily come from emotion/feeling and I realize that perhaps my main problem is that I probably don’t understand what you mean by the terms themselves. Could you clarify what your definitions of the following terms - Feeling; Emotion; Thought; Instinct and Sensation - are?

Response to question 1 - length: 10:28


Question 2: Why has there been no mention of language in relation to the mind? Can a mind exist without language? Do different languages produce different states of mind?

Response to question 2 - length: 9:08


Question 3: To what extent do we have control over our mind? I consider that in most situations we have a choice of how to behave. Is that choice limited in any way by external factors? I believe that we are restricted in some ways by previous experience, but can any novel factors determine choice?.

Response to question 3 - length: 8:34


Question 4: Why is the mind, on one side our greatest asset, also our greatest enemy? Why does it work so hard against the organism upon which it depends for its very survival?

Response to question 4 - length: 5:59


I look forward to your questions for this week - you can post them in Step 2.12 of Week 2.

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What Is a Mind?

University of Cape Town