He's a really ugly but useful sketch which shows my conception of the relation of the brain, mind, and consciousness: Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! The arrows show interaction. Note that brain to mind is only one direction, I'm assuming the brain produces the mind's thoughts rather than the mind producing the brain's patterns simply because it makes more sense based on our observations of the physical world -- you could call this a deterministic view I suppose. Also note that there's no interaction between consciousness and mind, the consciousness simply envelops the mind. Of course there is no consciousness of the objective world -- only of the subjective. (This is shown easily enough by skeptical arguments, which demonstrate that the only direct experiences we have are experiences of mental states -- everything else could be false data theoretically because we aren't directly conscious of it.) There are two realms. There's the objective realm of the physical world, which we all (well, most) presume exists. We deduce based on seeing bodies in the physical world which look like the body attached to us that there are other being similar to ourselves who similarly have their own subjective world and also interact with the objective one in a similar way to how we interact with it. The other realm, closely related, is the subjective one. This is the self, which includes those metal states we directly experience and the consciousness that experiences them. The mental states are results of the physical world, which is where this differs so obviously from cartesian dualism. The mind is a sort of extension of the brain... in fact you could say it's the bridge between the brain and the consciousness. Counter-arguments? If you disagree, please illustrate your own ideas of brain, mind, and consciousness.