Apart from an image nothing can be created or sustained. The gist of the argument is that every image is actualized, consequent to its anticipation in tiny quanta of time, by the implication of its absence: weightlessness – or some regressive change in this direction. This means that everything is perceived on the basis of novelty and related arousal. Consciousness is accordingly a vector between the familiar and the novel – a fact which brings other parts of the brain into the overall logic; for example, the brainstem reticular formation which “just happens” to be tightly connected to the limbic brain. The reticular formation is in fact a key structure by which immersion (and an equivalent energy-sufficiency relative to the body mass) is implemented. However, the point for now is that the anticipation of an image – in the more encompassing sense of tending the body mass toward survival – results in the action needed for enhancing the probability of remaining finite. Just remember that an image does not really cause this enhancement. In a God-centered universe, an image is the enhancement.
Perception is anything but a passive process where visual and other stimuli flow passively into the brain. Indeed, extrapolating from neural design, anticipation is responsible for the creation of all matter and therefore the Universe itself. Look at it this way – in order for an image to be anticipated, it must fulfill two criteria; it must be finite and must accordingly have expectable specificity. It takes little thought to recognize that the finite and the specific are inseparable, giving us reason to believe that the specificity of an image is inseparably bound to the specificity of our body mass and the specificity of its movement through space and time. By simple extrapolation, the Universe, specific and orderly, is a finite image in the mind of God. As for what is beyond this finite Universe, that is a question raised by materialists who cannot grasp (it is very difficult to grasp) that beyond this Universe there is neither space nor time. There is only one transcendent God, outside of space and time, in whom we live and move and for whom conceptualizing an outer edge makes no sense. Reality is neither spatial nor temporal. God, not matter, is fundamental.
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