danieLion wrote:Rui Sousa wrote:I see the brain as the rupa that supports the sixth sense, in the same way the ear, with all its mechanics, supports earing.
HI Rui Sousa,
Our brains extend throughout our bodies via the nervous system. Sensations depend upon nervous sensations. Therefore, the brain extends throughout the sense organs. Therefore, the "brain as rupa" 'supports' all the components of vinnana, not just mano. In other words, according to dependent origination, with vinnana as condition, nama-rupa arises, not the reverse, as you imply.
I believe there is a difference between the function of the cells in the nervous system and the brain it self, I am not sure if I agree with considering the cells in my hand that are sensitive to heat as part of the brain.
I was talking about the mechanics of the senses, not about dependent origination. I don't see how dependent origination relates to this subject.