Thinking about the Mind

Recently, I started writing mind with an asterisk behind it, like this mind*. That’s because sometimes I want to use the word mind, but I think people equivocate on it. I’m not going to lay out every meaning I’ve found of mind, but I will lay out two:

  1. Mind: A set of cognitive faculties that enables consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, memory, etc.
  2. Mind: The soul; an immaterial, and mystical thing we cannot only vaguely know about.

Yes, I do think people use “mind” in that latter way. When I use “mind”, I mean the former. So I will continue to use an * after “mind” in order to make sure I’m not equivocating, and to be clear about what I mean.

If you can think of another term for mind* that I should be using, please let me know.

Author: Jennifer Lawson

Philosopher. That is all.

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