According to this theory, you are not, and an embodied state of mind is behind every three-dimensional image of a living organism. Through embodied states, consciousness is generated, in which, as an emergent property, are ‘mind’ observing egos. As such, you are an invisible viewpoint that defines the conscious events of consciousness. A ‘mind’ observing ego as an unseen viewpoint of consciousness represents the image of the mind without beginning or end that is not entirely conceivable.  Depending on the dynamics of an embodied state, a ‘mind’ observing ego can have a close relationship to the three-dimensional imagery of a living being (e.g., a human or other animals). This phenomenon occurs even when a ‘mind’ observing ego is unaware and explained here through a dream experience. 

Often in dreams, there exists a person in which you identify as self, and when unaware that you are dreaming, you think all phenomena are tangible. Yet, how could you be the observer of the dream as well as in the dream? Ponder that you perceive anything because you think, yet you know your thoughts are intangible and cannot be held in your hand. As such, the same intangibility applies to other aspects of thinking such as sight, sound, smell, touch, taste, sense of movement, emotions, moods, and memories that arise because of thought. However, because of Feelings of Knowing fundamental interoceptive patterns, ultimately, what is intangible feels so really tangible. 

If you think about your day-to-day perceptions, you may realize that it often includes viewpoints beyond the scope that could be perceived through two eyes. Right now, without a mirror, take a moment to envision the human you identify as yourself. Look at this character from a top-down, side-to-side, and bottom-up perspective. If you were that human, you could not perceive these different viewpoints because what you are seeing cannot be ascertained through its eyes. 

You might believe that this perception is due to related brain processes. As such, you are implying that thinking is a byproduct of the brain and if this is true, how is it that research has shown brainless bioforms can think? For example, research has shown that slime mold as a brainless organism exhibits complex behavior (e.g., multi-objective foraging decision, the construction of networks, the capacity to balance nutrient intake, and finding the shortest path through a maze).

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