mind n. & v. - n. 1 a the seat of consciousness, thought, volition, and feeling. b attention, concentration (my mind keeps wandering). 2 the intellect; intellectual powers. 3 remembrance, memory (it went out of my mind; I can’t call it to mind). 4 one’s opinion (we’re of the same mind). 5 a way of thinking or feeling (shocking to the Victorian mind). 6 the focus of one’s thoughts or desires (put one’s mind to it). 7 the state of normal mental functioning (to lose one’s mind; in one’s right mind). 8 a person as embodying mental faculties (a great mind).
(Concise Oxford Dictionary 1992.)
When I use the word “mind” I will be using it in a manner that is covered by none of the above dictionary definitions in any strict sense, though some of those uses do hint at it. My use of the word “mind” will be synonymous with my use of the phrase “field of experience” as described above.
Language is a mode of behaviour that serves in permitting people to influence (and to be influenced by) the behaviour of other people, principally between two or more people residing within the same linguistic community since language use is communally inculcated. It has been argued that language can pertain only to the constituents of the objective world and can gain no purchase upon the constituents of the subjective world (this is an interpretation of Wittgenstein’s argument against the possibility of a “private language”). But it is often the case that a specific subjective experience is consistently associated with a corresponding objective experience to the extent that certain modes of behaviour exhibited by another person (other people being objective constituents of the field of experience) are accepted as evidence by association of the corresponding subjective constituents. So when another person exhibits e.g. pain behaviour (as an objective experience), pain (as a subjective experience) is commonly imputed to them. In this manner words like “pain” acquire a kind of double-meaning, permitting subjective experiences to be spoken of (albeit with a certain ambiguity). This propensity to impute subjective experiences to other people is instinctive in humans, and we call this propensity empathy.