Mind-Brain Relationships

“The mind cannot be damaged.  The brain can be damaged.  The brain is powerless to do anything to the mind.  The mind is powerless to do anything to the brain.  However, the brain is a virtual mediator between the mind and the world.  If the brain is injured, it, in effect, loses some ability to mediate.  This means the mind cannot get correct or fully correct input from the world and the mind cannot give correct or fully correct output to the world.  However, there is a healing system governing the brain that tends to correct this situation.  This healing system tends to restore a virtual backup of the brain.  My experience with brain injury patients proves this to be the case.  That is, they tend to normalize over time.  However, the virtual backup of the brain can, itself, be damaged.  In this case, restoration can only proceed so far.  However, it is possible for people to defy the odds and recover completely.  My experience with brain injury patients proves this to be the case.”
– Dr. Michael Bisconti