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what is Intend in Human?

Intend is dome thing in brain?
or out of brain?
does science have a certain explain for Intend?
can material have Intend?
Intend is only for Human?
or other kinds of creatures have intend?
what creatures have Intend what have not?
does a stone have Intend?
can Intend be explained in materialism?
can Intend prove we have some thing non-material? like soul.


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    Jul 18 2011: I think you need to first define "intend" to find/get a reasonable answer.

    If you define "intend" as "the idea to perform an action", then you further need to define "idea" and "action". According to the available scientific evidence (e.g. Alzheimer's disease), the way an "idea" is stored is within the brain. The brain is also known to be responsible for ordering your body around, i.e. it guides your performance of actions.

    Actually, a more formal definition:
    "1. to have in mind as something to be done or brought about;"
    1. (in a human or other conscious being) the element, part, substance, or process that reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges, etc.: the processes of the human mind.
    2. Psychology. the totality of conscious and unconscious mental processes and activities.

    So... by those definitions, the thing (element, part, substance) that "reasons, thinks, feels, wills, perceives, judges" is the brain. We know we can't do these things without it, but of course, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's the originator. It could be just a bridge. But there are studies that show there is a ~6 second lag between your brain making a decision, and you actually making it.
    (if you still can't access YouTube, I suggest you use a web proxy: http://proxy.org/cgi_proxies.shtml)

    If there is a soul or anything like it, it definitely interacts with the brain, and its role is much more minor than what you may think.

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