A Separate Reality
The problem in understanding the psyche is trying to understand intelligence. We usually think in terms of the conscious and unconscious mind. We even go so far as to think of the brain and with it comes the ability to reason, experience emotions, deny fear, and even to some degree process confidence. To label this process, as all objective in terms of atoms and molecules is to think only of an objective reality of cause and effect were a certain memory in a brain cell may cause untold problems for certain individuals.
In classical terms, the prophets might have called this substance of the mind oneÕs individual spirit. Psychology might prefer intelligence. Despite the fact that clinical psychology probes certain locations of the brain, we cannot assume that a cell is the place of storage of such things as faith or even fear, and event to the extent oneÕs personality. For example, emotions of fear are stimulated by images we suppress because we do not want to see consciously, but if it this is the subconscious, how is this clinically different from conscious. Are there a conscious cells different from an unconscious cell? We know of the autonomic nervous system and how it plays a roll in biological reactions, but when it comes to a conscious choice, psychology has a problem.
Do cells store memory as images sounds, or smell? Is intelligence simply cells with atoms and molecules having a different arrangement or capacity to store energy? Is the brain simply a composite of millions of on/off switches that present an image or other form of memory? Just because we can build a computer to simulate reasoning and other forms of calculation, does not mean that you can program faith or fear into a computer. A computer reaction is based on a set of if statements the some conscious mind set up. Even though the monitor can represent the conscious and the processor the unconscious, you cannot program a computer to believe something that you have also programed not to be true—this is the element of a paradox. The complexity of if statements would almost become infinite to the point that the programmer could not even fathom.
Psychologically paradoxes happen with the human condition. Both fear and faith are paradoxes to the reality of the many situations. You cannot artificially program these things away. If you do it through hypnoses, it only works for a while because you are only suppressing the fear or the faith. This is the paradox of thinking that all things are of an objective universe in the brain.
If consciousness is in the brain, where is the subconscious? I do not think either biology or psychology can answer this question. Although we use terms such as brain and mind as almost synonymously, you cannot assume that the mind is as physical we know of the brain brain. Just by saying that everything stored in the subconscious is not in the conscious says nothing in terms of the physical brain. Generally all lifeÕs experiences are stored in the subconscious, but we remember only from the conscious unless by stimulating our brain in such a way it brings to consciousness something forgotten. This process is highly problematic in terms of the traditional motion of molecules. You would have to go so far as to say the complexity is in the DNA, but that is only the blueprint of the physical cell and its future divisions which cut off or turn on certain things as specified times or generations. If you ad the requirement of memory, your going to have a hard time, unless all cells have a certain portion of memory. If so, why do we need a brain?
Obviously we do for some important reason beyond individual cells having their own knowledge or set of commands. If DNA holds the commands through biological triggers, analogous to a series of if statements, how is this memory. The arrangement of particles in the cytoplasm would not hold a pattern for memory with such a required order. No cell has such and exact position of each granules to form a pattern. A single cell is not like and on/off electronic switch where in many cells can create memory. You are force to return to the DNA for memory. You would have to say that the DNA in each brain cell has a different arrangement in order to provide a combination of cells giving a specific memory. The more one thinks about it the DNA becomes something magical—an assumption just as much with biological evolutionist as with the religious believer. Whatever the discipline, it eventually falls into the dependence of magic.
Nerve cells can transmit, but they cannot store energy unless you are talking about a circular storage structure that can be stimulated to release the energy, but when the energy is gone, where is the memory. Biology and psychology may develop many graphic theories regarding intelligence, but they cannot come up with a physical explanation as to where the base home of intelligence resides let alone how it works within the cell.
Neurons send a variety of signals to other neurons. Even immune cells use neurotransmitters as well as send hormones from one cell to others. This elaborate back and forth communication between immune cells illustrates a complex system of communication. Some think cells can make intelligent decisions simply because they can determine what molecule can enter the brainÕs cerebral spinal fluid proves very interesting. Although these cells can call for specific help from certain immune cells for any problem throughout the brain including identifying where the trouble is in the brain, does not prove intelligence as one would describe fear or faith or even create a memory image in the mind. Even if capillary cells regulate each tissue stem cell as research implies, that Aristotle was correct (more than two thousand years ago) when he stated that blood vessels direct and regulate the tissues, not just supplying blood and nutrients. Then again, this can be biological artificial programing based on certain conditions. This is the chemical if statement in biological terms and not conscious choice as experienced with humans. Just because you have a conglomerate number of like cells does not prove choice, fear, faith, or even conceptuality.
Science is only guessing and they assume magic in the elements. Some say they have found the gene for intelligence. You might be able to test this over time, but you would have to alter the gene and replace it over many generations in order to prove there is DNA for intelligence. Then again it only shows up as different biological abilities than have nothing to do with intelligence being in the brain. It could be connected to the brain, which serves only as a biological interface like a bus in a computer from the peripherals to the processor. Science cannot determine if a cell is intelligence or serves as a relay between the intelligence and the biological organism. When you fuse these two entities together, you have conscious choice to a degree relative to the intelligence. It is like turning on a switch to get lite. A dimmer switch can be used to put the consciousness to sleep, but this does not affect either the autonomic biology or the working of the intelligence. Consciousness is a high level of current between the two. A low level is a degree of sleep and death is a disconnecting. As long as the organism is fully functional there can be a separation for some time, but after certain conditions of either choice by the intelligence or time perhaps there is death. Brain activity is the only way we perhaps can know.
This is conjecture, but I challenge anyone to prove otherwise given the vast amount of ancient philosophy regarding spirit or the breath of life. Even modern clinical as well as personal experiences agree with this depiction. This will also allow us to better understand an unconscious state. Drugs can in various degrees induce this state. The objectivist cannot say that it is simply numbing areas of the brain, because communication would stop and the heart would no longer receive communication. So you have to say that the heart knows what to do without the nervous system. The medical objectivist might be use autonomic while the more spiritual may be prone to unconscious. This it self demonstrates two worldviews of reality. The question is paramount, which reality does intelligence reside? Is it the biological or the spiritual for lack of a better name?
In conclusion if the spirit or intelligence separates sufficiently from the physical brain, the body dies. Sometimes things still jerk here and there because the nervous system may still be able to cause a muscle to twitch. Some cells die more slowly than others without oxygen or maybe the nerves are still connect at react even though the cells are dead.
You are left to put the subconscious where you wish, but consider that the consciousness may very well be the magnetic activity between the brain and the intelligence. When the activity diminishes we sleep, but this does not stop the activity between the brain and all parts of the body. It is reasonable to conclude that drugs affect the magnetic activity and can be done in degrees, but if too much it might affect communication to the heart, thus loosing oxygen causing death to the brain. One in a coma does not shut down the brain. Either self-inducing deactivation because of trauma or drugs, the result is the same. Pain sometimes is too unbearable and may cause untold problems with mind or if you might also consider, the intelligence. It is from here that we can begin to understand psychology. If we prefer that all things are made up of our electric universe, we will tend to think differently than if we consider also the application of an intelligent parallel universe. The difference in psychology is manifest by the denial of the spiritual side and looking only for causes in the brain. Why to we have psychoanalysis or simple counseling if we can just do surgery or manipulation on the brain. Thus, the reason for the Freudian Myth is made manifest—memory is not something that can be relearned in the brain, repeating positive statements, or even going into denial as most of us do. Psychoanalysis is not working on the brain. It is dealing with the paradoxes of intelligence. Often when we just think of memory and trying to remove a bad experience, we fail to accomplish a cure until we come to understand. Understanding is the cure of all ills.
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