Credit, News, & Questions
- Credit for this poster goes to Tami of the Creators Faction.
- There is nothing to report until next week.
- If you use your vocal cords to speak and sing, but your brain provides the command for any vocal routine, are speaking and singing technically physical or mental actions?
- Which dragons will you be breeding this event, if any?
- The concept of what is mental and what is physical overall can be puzzling when it is our brains that control both our mental and “physical” actions; there are very few actions that any single person in the world could ever perform brainlessly.
All actions develop in the brain prior to performance of them, whether the individual takes the time to process them before performing them or not. (Cue the principle that is often repeated to people who demean themselves, often in ways that harm others: “Think before you act.”) When we don’t consider our actions prior to doing them, we ignore/reject the inherent thought that forms in our minds prior to taking the action, because the action is always there; we don’t just take action for the sake of taking it.
So if actions are always preconceived, does this make them purely mental? Yes, but also, no. I could decide to risk tarnishing my public image by going to kick a random 11-year-old child in the shins, and then running off with their baby sister’s ice cream cone, but as wrong as that would be, that wouldn’t purely be mental as it would have some kind of physical impetus to it; the action developed as a thought that emerged in my head, but it was carried out with a physical eruption. However, if I had thought about doing it, but never did it, it would have purely been mental with no physical property whatsoever.
So back to the question: “If you use your vocal cords to speak and sing, but your brain provides the command for any vocal routine, are speaking and singing technically physical or mental actions?” Well, since all physical actions are a product of a mental anticipation, and you have to hear the notes in your head in order to be truly proficient in all forms of music (whether that’s singing or playing an instrument), you COULD state that singing and speaking are both mental and physical.
But what if I told you that humans are not made of matter? As abstruse as that may sound due to what science has taught us, human bodies are almost exclusively driven by their minds; we are essentially just minds locked away from other minds in a mobile cage of flesh and bones. If I could prove to you that matter is just an illusion and therefore does not exist, that would seal the deal; it would suggest that there is no physical property in the world at all, whether that be living beings or inanimate objects, so there would be nothing physical in general, and everything—from what we do to what we see—would purely be mental (even the very actions of doing and seeing), because there would be nothing from which a result could ever be verified as physical.
This would mean that speaking and singing would be mental since all we as humans would be are brains locked inside of a non-physical “cage of flesh and bones” that is not made of any actual physical matter; it would also mean that nothing in the world that we can perceive through senses would be real, and would likely just be particles floating around to form an image in our minds that isn’t actually there. If you choose to believe in science, this is credible to you, because particles are a major part of various branches of science, and if this is credible to you as a believer in science, it would just further prove that physical matter cannot exist in opposition to nor alongside anything that is mental, since particles would be what form matter and all there would be in the world that make up what we can perceive would be… particles.
Speaking and singing could also be described as the reverberation of “waves” (sound waves), but waves are not physical because they are only particles that flow away from an object/person, often bouncing off of a surface, continuing to bounce until they are eventually “absorbed” in the environment; therefore, speaking and singing could also be described as purely mental, since sound itself is nothing but particles floating through an environment with no physical form, and humans (or, at least, their actions) are defined almost entirely by their brains. If you isolate the human voice from the source it comes out of, there is nothing “physical” about it because it has no form and only comes on the command of the brain; brains could never be physical, because to be physical, you have to move, and they are nothing but mushy, pink blobs of electrically connected nerves and tissues that think, and thinking is also characterized as mental; since the isolated voice comes from the brain, which is not physical, the isolated voice must also not be physical… hence, it’s mental.
- I will be making a choice between breeding a portion of Quilleth (my third Artisan dragon) or breeding a portion of Kechuri (one of two Monarch dragons I currently have available, the other being Amaruhk); I am in no rush because I’m finally caught up in terms of den caps for Fortification. I’m not even concerned much that I’ve fallen short of how many egg tokens I need, because timers are also a problem at this point.