Mind vs. Mink

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Mind and Mink is that the Mind is a combination of cognitive faculties that provides consciousness, thinking, reasoning, perception, and judgement in humans and potentially other life forms and Mink is a mammal

  • Mind

    The mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgement, language and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions.There is a lengthy tradition in philosophy, religion, psychology, and cognitive science about what constitutes a mind and what are its distinguishing properties.

    One open question regarding the nature of the mind is the mind–body problem, which investigates the relation of the mind to the physical brain and nervous system. Older viewpoints included dualism and idealism, which considered the mind somehow non-physical. Modern views often center around physicalism and functionalism, which hold that the mind is roughly identical with the brain or reducible to physical phenomena such as neuronal activity., though dualism and idealism continue to have many supporters. Another question concerns which types of beings are capable of having minds. For example, whether mind is exclusive to humans, possessed also by some or all animals, by all living things, whether it is a strictly definable characteristic at all, or whether mind can also be a property of some types of human-made machines.Whatever its nature, it is generally agreed that mind is that which enables a being to have subjective awareness and intentionality towards their environment, to perceive and respond to stimuli with some kind of agency, and to have consciousness, including thinking and feeling.The concept of mind is understood in many different ways by many different cultural and religious traditions. Some see mind as a property exclusive to humans whereas others ascribe properties of mind to non-living entities (e.g. panpsychism and animism), to animals and to deities. Some of the earliest recorded speculations linked mind (sometimes described as identical with soul or spirit) to theories concerning both life after death, and cosmological and natural order, for example in the doctrines of Zoroaster, the Buddha, Plato, Aristotle, and other ancient Greek, Indian and, later, Islamic and medieval European philosophers.

    Important philosophers of mind include Plato, Descartes, Leibniz, Locke, Berkeley, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Searle, Dennett, Fodor, Nagel, and Chalmers. Psychologists such as Freud and James, and computer scientists such as Turing and Putnam developed influential theories about the nature of the mind. The possibility of nonbiological minds is explored in the field of artificial intelligence, which works closely in relation with cybernetics and information theory to understand the ways in which information processing by nonbiological machines is comparable or different to mental phenomena in the human mind.The mind is also portrayed as the stream of consciousness where sense impressions and mental phenomena are constantly changing

  • Mink

    Mink are dark-colored, semiaquatic, carnivorous mammals of the genera Neovison and Mustela, and part of the family Mustelidae which also includes weasels, otters and ferrets. There are two extant species referred to as “mink”: the American mink and the European mink. The extinct sea mink is related to the American mink, but was much larger. The American mink is larger and more adaptable than the European mink but, due to variations in size, an individual mink usually cannot be determined as European or American with certainty without looking at the skeleton; however, all European mink have a large white patch on their upper lip, whereas only some American mink have this marking: therefore, any mink without the patch is certainly of the American species. Taxonomically, both American and European mink were placed in the same genus Mustela, but most recently, the American mink has been reclassified as belonging to its own genus Neovison.

    The American mink’s fur has been highly prized for use in clothing, with hunting giving way to farming. Their treatment on fur farms has been a focus of animal rights and animal welfare activism. American mink have established populations in Europe (including Great Britain) and South America, after being released from mink farms by animal rights activists, or otherwise escaping from captivity. In the UK, under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to release mink into the wild. Any live mink caught in traps must be humanely killed.

    American mink are believed by some to have contributed to the decline of the less hardy European mink through competition (though not through hybridization—native European mink are in fact more closely related to polecats than to their North American cousins). Trapping is used to control or eliminate feral American mink populations.

    Mink oil is used in some medical products and cosmetics, as well as to treat, preserve and waterproof leather.

  • Mind (noun)

    The ability for rational thought.

    “Despite advancing age, his mind was still as sharp as ever.”

  • Mind (noun)

    The ability to be aware of things.

    “There was no doubt in his mind that they would win.”

  • Mind (noun)

    The ability to remember things.

    “My mind just went blank.”

  • Mind (noun)

    The ability to focus the thoughts.

    “I can’t keep my mind on what I’m doing.”

  • Mind (noun)

    Somebody that embodies certain mental qualities.

    “He was one of history’s greatest minds.”

  • Mind (noun)

    Judgment, opinion, or view.

    “He changed his mind after hearing the speech.”

  • Mind (noun)

    Desire, inclination, or intention.

    “She had a mind to go to Paris.”

    “I have half a mind to do it myself.”

  • Mind (noun)

    A healthy mental state.

    “I, ______ being of sound mind and body, do herebynb…”

    “You are losing your mind.”

  • Mind (noun)

    The non-material substance or set of processes in which consciousness, perception, affectivity, judgement, thinking, and will are based.

    “The mind is a process of the brain.”

  • Mind (verb)

    To remember. from 14th c.

  • Mind (verb)

    To attend to, concern oneself with, heed, be mindful of. from 15th c.

    “You should mind your own business.”

  • Mind (verb)

    To dislike, to object to; to be bothered by. from 16th c.

    “I wouldn’t mind an ice cream right now.”

  • Mind (verb)

    To look after, to take care of, especially for a short period of time. from 17th c.

    “Would you mind my bag for me?”

  • Mind (verb)

    To make sure, to take care (that). from 17th c.

    “Mind you don’t knock that glass over.”

  • Mind (verb)

    To be careful about. from 18th c.

  • Mind (verb)

    Used to make something you have said less strong.

    “I’m not very healthy—I do eat fruit sometimes, mind.”

  • Mind (verb)

    To have in mind; to intend.

  • Mind (verb)

    To put in mind; to remind.

  • Mink (noun)

    (plural mink or weasels, with dark native to genera are extant: the American mink (Neovison vison) and the European mink (Mustela lutreola).

  • Mink (noun)

    (plural mink) The fur or pelt of a mink, used to make apparel.

  • Mink (noun)

    (plural article of clothing made of mink.

  • Mink (noun)

    (plural individual with poor personal hygiene; a smelly person.


Leave a Comment