Why the Limbic Brain Requires the Existence of God

Note the obvious – that the limbic brain is not isolated from the rest of the brain. Indeed, the result of everything happening in the brain funnels into this energy-regulating limbic center. Now, consider that the cerebral cortex is not so much a “cognitive organ” per se as a center for the coordination of movement. Even quiet contemplation depends upon this coordination and, while there may be little or no gross movement when we cogitate, the momentary absence of each and every thought (as it is being formed) involves the entire body, enhancing a probabilistic contrast between one’s anticipated and actual body mass – as though in the absence of a given image, being finite, we are headed for a boundless, weightless destiny. The bottom line is that a major function of the cerebral cortex, falsely envisioned as the center of cognition, is the activation and the inhibition of muscle activity throughout the body.

The anatomy is complex but is ultimately responsible for the thwarting of infinity and thus the sustaining of the body mass. By recognizing the anatomical connectivity between limbic nuclei and other centers known to play a role in movement we can grasp how an image – and therefore consciousness itself – is dependent upon God. The gist is that the limbic brain tells the motor system what it must do in successive instants of time in order to create or sustain an anticipated image – thereby narrowing an expectancy gap and a corresponding discrepancy between the finite body and infinity. This narrowing blunts a regressive tendency (in the direction of nonexistence), thereby containing or slowing the dissipative release of energy and conserving energy. An image represents, is, the success of this phenomenon. The logic is based on information from the body as a whole flowing into the limbic brain, with expectancy mismatch modulating movement, which in turn changes the information flowing into the brain, and so on. A resulting optimal state is achieved assuming only that we have made in the image of God as encoded within the brain.

Only if infinity and/or God has been encoded within neural design does the logic apply — this being the only way to explain how a tendency toward nonexistence is mechanistically implemented by the weight-regulating limbic brain, and thwarted by the expectable and matchable finitude of a resulting image — the momentary absence of which has accentuated the contrast with infinity in the first place! Good science – the best science – makes room in the inn for God.

My recently published paperback (and eBook), Consciousness Finally Explained: A Perfect Synthesis of God and Brain, explains the big picture and how the anatomy of the brain is completely dependent upon infinity and God.


About Glenn Dudley

GLENN DUDLEY became interested in the mind-body problem as a Pre-Med student at the University of Colorado where he emphasized studies in physics, philosophy, and Judeo-Christian theology. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Colorado in 1969. After a mixed Psychiatry/Medicine internship, he worked for two years at MIT's Neurosciences Research Program -- a think tank whose objective was that of understanding how the hard-wiring of the nervous system mediates thought and emotion. Then, he spent a year in the Department of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School in Boston reviewing the world's literature on psychological and emotional predispositions to cancer. From 1975 to his retirement in 1998 he practiced primary care medicine.
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