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Just had a thought.

You'll forgive me if I quote myself.

Made a GameFAQs thread, entitled, "A proposition sans argument: All happening and being is done in the real world." Still haven't offered an argument, exactly, but I have had to flesh out my original post, "Human thought and action, for example, are real world occurrences. Concepts and ideas held and expressed by people exist as such. The notion that, for example, mathematic truths exist independent of physical reality is poppycock."

In doing so, I remarked, "Thinking is no less an action than breathing, and it is very often as overt." Going over the thread, it struck me, this is a really cool analogy. As with thought, though we can directly control our breathing, it often comes naturally, and without premeditation or prior intent. It sometimes goes unnoticed, either by ourselves or others. It can be concealed and, with greater effort, temporarily stopped by the person breathing. It is also a process dealing with objects the naked eye cannot see (i.e. air), and involving internal mechanisms and processes generally not felt those around one, processes which typically go unseen even by the general public and the actor himself. But no one in his right mind will posit a supernatural explanation for breathing. Why, then, should people assume minds and thought are ghostly in nature?

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