JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE BRAIN:
EXPLAINING MIND IN A UNIVERSE OF MATTER
This book is the first to bring science and religion logically together – proving by the structure and function of the brain that consciousness cannot be coherently explained apart from the existence and immanence of God. The hypothesis presented is that God, not matter, is fundamental – so fundamental that exactly as the Bible claims, “we live and move and have our being in God.” This perspective alone allows us to envision an image as the sole means by which the Second Law of Thermodynamics (tendency toward increasing disorder) is restrained – thanks to the fact that every image is finite, fused with awareness of the body as a whole, and anticipated through time. The bottom line is that the seeing-of-an-image is far more than meets the eye – that perception, being expectant, is the very process of tending the body (probabilistically) toward its own finite survival. In the process, to the exact measure that an anticipated image is not in any given instant of time yet actualized, there is an accelerating contrast with infinity – against which possibility the self contrastingly sees itself as finite or “conscious.”
To sum, this means that each and every person’s bubble of awareness expresses an ongoing probabilistic relationship to nonexistence, thereby revealing that consciousness, by its restraint on the Second Law, is the means by which order is created and sustained. An image is now envisioned as an interface between order and disorder – something not possible unless God, not matter, is fundamental. (See the posting on how the finite and the infinite are causally linked for further details.) These conclusions do not result from religious bias as proven by the logic of neural design – most notably the connection between the visual system and the brain’s thermoregulatory (limbic) core where by the latter’s effect on the motor system and the consequent actualization of an image as an expectancy match, disorder is minimized. The result is the optimization of an implicit relationship to infinity and/or God as the sole overcomer of nonexistence. (See related posts.)
With all due respect to my skeptics, this thesis, robustly confirmed by the anatomy and physiology of the brain, proves the existence of God, biblically defined as invisible and transcendent – the Person, the reality, in whom we live and move. There is no reasonable alternative interpretation given that an image, envisioned as containing the Second Law, requires by definition an observer.
This 778 page book, intended originally for neuroscientists and psychologists, has been revised to accommodate armchair philosophers with minimal scientific training. Technical terms have been placed in parenthesis so that those with advanced training in neuroscience will know exactly what I am referring to when I explain the logic of the brain using precise anatomical and physiological terminology. For example, habituation – which turns out to be the central mechanism by which an image contains the Second Law and infinity is thwarted – is bound to the detailed anatomy of the cerebral cortex, limbic brain, and brainstem in a very special way that explains how multiple qualia entering the energy-regulating mechanisms of limbic nuclei (groupings of cells dedicated to a given function) are converted to an image. Accordingly, these mechanisms, given their ultimate reference to and dependence upon to infinity and to God, explain for the very first time how sensory events become conscious – the so-called “hard” question of science.
The book should not be read in a single, hasty gulp just to see what it says. Any reader who does this will probably be disappointed and the central insight – that of how an image contains the Second Law – will be missed or not adequately applied to the structure and function of the brain and body. For example, it turns out that our relationship to infinity has been precisely encoded within neural design as a function of body weight and a tendency, in the momentary absence of an anticipated image, to regress toward weightlessness, the state from whence we all come. It is this regression which, as with any regression, releases energy – then to be channeled into the movement which creates the image whose momentary absence is what sets up the contrast with infinity in the first place. In order to comprehend this regression, an understanding of how the brain and body differentiate from the simple to the complex and how a reverse tendency to regress drives this complexity while simultaneously illuminating the self to itself as finite – in a universe which, as an image in the mind of God, is fundamentally conscious.
Without losing the focus on real anatomy and physiology, it becomes apparent that we have necessarily been created in the image of God – there being no other way to explain how a relationship to infinity has a practical impact on the finite brain. The book therefore contains many excursions into theology, which would ordinarily seem out of place – a biblically-based theology since this is the only perspective by which the structure of the brain as the mediator of an image makes any sense.
“A five-hundred-word review can scarcely broach the magnitude of this book.”
– ForeWord Reviews
“A fascinating and persuasive book.” – Co-Editor, Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
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