Story of The Discovery of the Mind

Fahim Chughtai
Nov 20, 2020 · 5 min read

The Discovery of the Mind is an excellent development in the history of humankind. In this quest's journey, from the soul(spirit) to the psyche(mind), many civilizations and philosophers are involved.

In the 6th century B.C, There showed up traces of a surprising new turn of events. In India, Buddha credited human thoughts to our sensations and perceptions, which, he stated, slowly and consequently consolidate into thoughts. In China, Confucius focused on the intensity of thought and choice that lay inside every individual (“A man can command his principles; principles don’t dominate the man,” “Learning, undigested by thought, is work lost; thought unassisted by learning is risky”).

The indications of progress were much more grounded in Greece, where artists and sages started to see their contemplations and feelings in entirely new terms.7 Sappho, for one, described the inner torment of jealousy in realistic terms rather than as an emotion inflicted on her by a god:

Peer of gods he seemeth to me, the blissful

Man who sits and gazes at thee before him,

Close beside thee sits, and in silence hears thee

Silverly speaking,

Laughing love’s low laughter. Oh, this, this only

Stirs the troubled heart in my breast to tremble!

For should I but see thee a little moment,

Straight is my voice hushed;

Yea, my tongue is broken, and through and through me

’Neath the flesh, impalpable fire runs tingling;

Nothing see mine eyes and a voice of roaring

Waves in my ears sounds.

— “Ode to Atthis”

Solon, artist, and lawgiver, utilized the word nous, not in the epic sense but rather to mean something like a rational brain. He proclaimed that at about age forty, “a man’s nous is prepared regardless,” and in the fifties, he is “at his best in nous and tongue.” He or the rationalist Thales — sources differ — sounded a note entirely unexpected from that of Homeric occasions in one of the Western human advancement’s briefest and most well-known suggestions, engraved on the Temple of Apollo at Delphi:

“Know thyself.”

Inside a couple of a very long time, there started an unexpected and shocking blossoming of Greek idea, science, and craftsmanship. George Sarton, a student of the history of science, assessed that human information expanded something like forty-crease in under three centuries in the Hellenic time.

One of the most outstanding parts of this scholarly upheaval was the sudden appearance and prospering of another subject matter, philosophy. In the Greek city-conditions of the fifth and fourth hundreds of years B.C., few intelligent privileged men, who had neither scientific gear nor problematic information yet were driven by an enthusiasm to understand the world and themselves, overseen by unadulterated hypothesis and thinking to imagine, and offer responses to, vast numbers of the suffering inquiries of cosmogony, cosmology, material science, transcendentalism, morals, feelings, and brain research.

The rationalists themselves didn’t utilize the expression “brain science” or psychology (which didn’t exist until A.D. 1520) or see it as an unmistakable subject matter. The subjectless inspired them than in more essential ones like the structure of matter and the idea of causality. In any case, they recognized and offered theories about practically all the critical issues of psychology that have concerned researchers and researchers from that point forward. Among them:

— Is there just a single substance, or is “mind” something else from “matter”?

— Do we have a soul? Do they exist after the body dies? How are the psyche (mind)and body associated? Is the psyche part of the soul, and if so, would it exist separated from the body?

— Is human nature the product of inborn tendencies or experience and upbringing?

— How do we know what we know? Are our ideas built into our minds, or do we develop them from our perceptions and experiences?

— How does perception work? Are our impressions of the world around us accurate representations of what is out there? How can we know whether they are or not?

— Which is the right road to authentic knowledge — pure reasoning or data gathered by observation?

— What are the principles of good thinking?

— What are the causes of invalid thinking?

— Does the mind rule the emotions or vice versa?

This mission dispatched the Greek scholars on an academic journey into the invisible universe of the mind — the universe inside, one may call it. From their day to our own, travellers of the brain have been squeezing ever more profound into its backcountry and unfamiliar wild. It has been and keeps on being a journey as trying and illuminating as any undertaking across obscure oceans or lands, any space mission to far-off planets, any cosmic test of the edge of the world, and the outskirt of time.

.What sort of men (and, in ongoing many years, ladies) have felt constrained to discover what lies in the immense and invisible universe of the brain? Various sorts, as we will see: lone monks and friendly libertines, hot spiritualists and persistent pragmatists, traditionalists, and nonconformists, genuine adherents and persuaded atheists — the rundown of antinomies is perpetual. Be that as it may, they are similar in one way, these Magellans of the brain: All of them, in different ways, are fascinating, great, even beautiful individuals. On numerous occasions, I felt, in the wake of perusing one of these individuals' life story and compositions, that I was blessed to have come to know him, unusual to have lived with him vicariously and extraordinarily advanced by having shared his experiences.

The investigations of the inside world directed by such individuals have been more critical to human improvement than the outer one's inquiries. History specialists are wont to name innovative advances as the extraordinary achievements of culture, including the furrow's progress, the disclosure of refining and metalworking, the development of the clock, printing press, steam power, electric motor, light, semiconductor, and PC. Yet, potentially significantly more changing than any of these was the acknowledgment by Greek nationalists and their scholarly relatives that people could look at, grasp, and at last even guide or control their perspectives, feelings, and coming about conduct.

With that acknowledgment, we became something new and diverse on earth: the main creature that, by looking at its cerebration and conduct, could modify them. This, without a doubt, was a monster step in development. Even though we are genuinely minimal as the individuals of 3,000 years prior, we are socially alternate animal categories. We are the psychologizing creature.

This internal journey of the previous 25 hundred years, this quest for the genuine reasons for the conduct, this most freeing of every human request, is the subject of The Story of Psychology.

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Fahim Chughtai

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Life Coach and psychologist. founder of psychology today .follow me for the development of your mental health and wellbeing.

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Life Coach and psychologist. founder of psychology today .follow me for the development of your mental health and wellbeing.

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