On Love, Human Existence, and the Unharmonious Mind

The Brain in Love

“It has been said that neurotics build castles in the sky, while psychotics live in them, and psychiatrists collect the rent.”

Since love emanates from the brain, and the brain is physical, it is as fit a subject for scientific discourse as a cucumber or chemistry.

Important questions to ask about human lives are: What are feelings? And why do we have them? What are relationships, and why do they exist? What causes emotional pain? And how can it be mended – with medication, with psychotherapy, with both? What is therapy, and how does it heal? How should we configure our society to further emotional health? How should we raise our children, and what should we teach them?

We see the need for the knowledge the questions provide every day, and we see the bitter consequences of its lack. People who do not intuit or respect the laws of acceleration and momentum break bones; those who do not grasp the principles of love waste their lives and break their hearts. The evidence of that pain surrounds us, in the form of failed marriages, hurtful relationships, neglected children, unfulfilled ambitions and thwarted dreams. And in numbers, these injuries combine to damage our society, where emotional suffering and its ramifications are commonplace. The roots of that suffering are often unseen and passed over, while, proposed remedies cannot succeed, because they contradict emotional laws that our culture does not yet recognize.

Anybody can operate a car without an engineering degree. A working knowledge of internal combustion – What gasoline is, where it goes, and why you shouldn’t peer into the tank with a lit match – is indispensable. You don’t have to wade through back issues of Scientific America to grasp the nature of love, but acquaintance with the basics of the brain’s origins and mechanisms can prevent some explosive misconceptions as passion’s sparks begin to fly.

No concerted development scheme forged the human brain. Evolution is a wandering process wherein multiple simultaneous influences, including chance and circumstance, shape biological structures over eons. Rather than a series of smooth transitions, the evolutionary process is punctuated with bursts of metamorphosis. If an environment shifts fast enough or a favorable mutation arises, organism modifications can explode into being. Thus the development of the brain was neither planned nor seamlessly executed. It simply happened.

Why would evolutionary adaptation allow for sleep that would make us vulnerable to predation?

The neural function of the requirement of sleep remains unknown. The same fallible common sense suggests the human brain is likely to be unitary and harmonious. It isn’t. A homogeneous brain might function better but humans don’t have one. Evolved structures answer not the rule of logic but only to the urgencies of their long chain of survival victories.

The reptilian brain, the antediluvian part that evolved first, control our vital function; breathing, swallowing, and heart rate, the limbic brain with its line of demarcation. It is for this region of mammalian brains we form close-knit, mutually nurturing social groups – families – in which members spend time touching and caring for each other. The neocortex, or new brain. This is the higher intellectual functioning of human existence; speaking, writing, planning, and reasoning all originate in the neocortex. So do the experience of our senses, what we know as awareness, and our conscious motor control, what we know as will.

Why do some individuals immune from addiction and disease? Can behavioral adaptations be brought under control early enough to stymie disease? A device known as the Bridge that uses radio frequency targeted at he amygdala in opiod addicted patients is being used as a therapy to relief painful withdrawl symptoms. It was created by an Indiana based medical device company known as Innovative Health Solutions. To learn more click on the link. NOVA: Bridge Opiod Treatment

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Leads on the Bridge send electrical impulses to the amygdala, the region of the brain that houses a high number of opiod receptors. The amygdala has also shown to play a role in reward seeking behavior.

Prophets of the past have repeatedly stated there would come a time when human kind would know all the answers through scientific study. Nothing would remain hidden.
The ancient philosopher Seneca and the friar Roger Bacon were both individuals who believed this would one day be our reality. But I wonder, at what cost will humanity have to pay with human lives to end the dictatorship on ignorance? Will humanity overstep its bounds like it has so many times before? And will knowledge of these questions fuel the psychopath with more sick and twisted ways to punish?

It is only likely that man will create more problems for himself in the pursuit of medical knowledge that will aim to cure when it comes to both pharmaceutical and technological, unleashing a Pandora’s box like a genie in a bottle to man’s ultimate annihilation and self-destruction. The basic innate nature of man will never change. We will always have men who will want to control, manipulate, and exploit others. The only solution that has any hope of correcting this problem requires a step in the direction of controlling close intimate bonds at an early age and diagnosing and addressing mental illness in the nursery. Unfortunately, man is simply not armed with the required resources to accomplish this. It is for this reason we will never be free from war, disease, poverty, injustice, and prejudice just to name a few and those with financial wealth will be the ones who benefit from advances in medical treatment the most. I’m leaving you with something to ponder. The sadistic individual inflicts pain and suffering on his victims. They are known as psychopaths. We teach our children to be kind and caring to all beings, except we have animal and human trials. We experiment, sometimes sadistically and cruelly, on others. Isn’t this contradictory logic to what we want to teach our young? Revisiting one of my previous questions, “What should we teach our children and how should we raise them?”

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