Saturday, March 19, 2011

We Know Not What We Do?

Father forgive them, for they know not what they do

Today you will be with me in Paradise.

Behold your Son; Behold your Mother.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

The Sayings of Jesus on the cross?

Is science uncovering the true meaning behind this famous quote; "Foregive them father, for they know not what they do." Has Stephen Porges uncovered the biology underpinning Jesus famous observation of average human perception, and is our famous objective reasoning still more instinctively reactive than intelligently reflective?

Just how self aware are we, and is there a difference between our notion of self awareness and insight?

A Subconscious
System for
Detecting Threats
and Safety

University of Illinois at Chicago

At a glance:
• Neuroception describes how neural circuits distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous, or life threatening.
• Neuroception explains why a baby coos at a caregiver but cries at a stranger, or why a toddler enjoys a parent’s embrace but views a hug from a stranger as an assault.
• The Polyvagal Theory describes three developmental stages of a mammal’s autonomic nervous system: Immobilization, mobilization, and social communication or social engagement.
• Faulty neuroception might lie at the root of several psychiatric disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, depression, and Reactive Attachment Disorder.

Is a misunderstood autonomic (animal) nervous system, at the heart of human motivation and our object oriented conscious perception, and is most of what we think within the mind a discharge & rationalization, conceptualization's of heart energized neuronal activity within the brain & nervous systems? Do we project these internal processes in postures of pretense, far more than we are consciously aware & is the 'normal perception' of reality grounded in denial?

How do 100 Million Brain Cells Activate the Human Mind?
Do we turn 'matter' in the form of nutrient energy into 'meta' through the 'metaphors' of the mind, and can we come to our natural senses before our mis-perception's of our own reality intellectualize us beyond the pale? 

Understanding the new insights of neuroscience takes time, coming to realize that reaching for an object of desire, like a diamond ring or a BMW car, is really just satisfying internal needs of 'metabolizing' energy for a cell based reality. 

There are no 'objects' inside our 100 million neuron brain where the real nature of your mind, your personality resides, in what neuroscience now understands as an 'affective state.'

Maybe I'm reading too much into Porges concept of neuroception to meet my own needs in explaining my experience of Bipolar Disorder, yet the link between this so-called disease and creativity is undeniable, even to the point where some say that the Bible is littered with examples of lucid dreams and psychosis.  Is it worth your while noting the autonomic scanning for resources or threats that underpins your reading here, and asking yourself, if you wish to embrace the journey of self awareness that knowledge based insights can bring?