What is the difference between the internal and external world?
Please elaborate and explain.
My Own Answer
I have been playing around with the idea that the internal world is ones own mind, while the external world is everything (else?).
From an outside observer, the mind is what the body/brain stores. Just like a file or program is something stored on a hard-disk.
The same file or program can be transfered to a flash drive, streamed over the Internet, etc. This is just to elaborate the point that the file/program is not simply part of the physical state of the hard-drive. It is something more abstract that can separately manifested in an alternate form, if the technology exists.
I believe it is the same with the mind. If we had the technology, I believe we would be able to take "abstract state of mind" represented in the physical state of the body/brain, and transfer it to another storage mechanism.
My Mind is Part of My Internal World, while Others' Minds are Not
To further elaborate my distinction, I put forth that my mind is my internal world but others' minds are not part of my internal world.
Insight gained from my own internal world may be relevant in understanding other people's internal worlds. Nevertheless, another person's mind is not part of mine.
My Mind Can be Part of My External World As Well
As I analyze minds in general, I include mine as well. In this sense, my mind is included in my external world as well as my internal world.
If I were to have my mind analyzed by others and then described to me, once again my mind will be part of my external world.
I believe, however, that the character of how I see my mind as my internal world will be different from how I see my mind as part of my external world.
So that's about it. For me, my internal world is my mind, while my external world includes everything.
How would you make the same distinction?