theological reflections at the intersection of (my) perception with reality
Saturday, April 28, 2007
"I've lost my mind...in my cell phone."
Theologians typically assume that the mind is located somewhere within the individual person. Discussions have revolved around whether the mind is more akin to the brain or to the spirit/soul of a person. Recent studies in the philosophy of mind are considering other, more far-reaching possibilities. Perhaps the mind is not a thing located within the skull but is extended beyond the confines of the body. Maybe our minds includes things like laptops, cell phones, and daytimers. Think about it. How many phone numbers do you know? They're all in your cell phone. What about email addresses? They're in your laptop. And blogs contain thoughts, ramblings, musings, ideas which both represent and become an extension of the mind of the writer. But if our minds are somehow in our gadgets and web pages, can they also be in our friends and beloveds? My fiance has a better memory than I do, sometimes even about my own schedule! Could my mind include her memory? Talk about the "turn to relationality!" Wouldn't that be nice. Hold on...I have to run. My mind (phone) is ringing.
I'm a theology professor at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN. I teach about Kierkegaard and postmodernity, theology and contemporary culture, the doctrine of salvation, theological perspectives on evil and suffering, and contemporary issues in the person and work of Christ. I enjoying cracking the mysteries of "Lost" with my beautiful wife, Sara.