The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
increase in performance comes a lowering of the efficiency of converting the fuel to
motion. So pressing toward the maximum attainable would cause a greater amount of
partially burned fuel to escape the process, settling on the chamber and piping walls.
From either extreme a median was required for longevity of reliable performance.
Needless to say since computer-controlled carburetion, fuel efficiency has become many
times better than the old manual-setting, middling-performance regime.
With this metaphor in place it appears that, like the computer controller, the brain can
demand whatever it needs for the body to perform in whatever manner it desires or is
needed by exterior circumstance. The computer controller in the metaphor has its variety
of regimes programmed into it, but how does the brain acquire its various regimes?
Experience would be the first and most logical answer, but desire is an eminently older
control mechanism, and other less ancient sources have come into existence, creating
cooperative control and inhibitory impulses.
With the foregoing in mind, if the body has been in a regime of extended idling
performance, no amount of signaling will drive it efficiently much beyond its usual level
of performance. If commands are urgent and persistent enough they will build up a stress
that can shorten the life of the body it commands. If fuel intake (appetite) is higher than
performance requirements, fuel storage will take place along the transportation corridors,
meant for future availability. If the bodily piping itself is subjected to this clogging
(cholesterol, etc.), the commanded supply cannot be met and bodily performance drops to
a level that matches the restriction.
It appears that something similar happens within the brain itself. It can cause the body
to exercise, but if it does not exercise itself, pathways can become clogged (Beta-
amyloid?) and function diminishes (dementia?). When this happens, the brain cannot
choose the optimal operational regime for itself or the body that it comma nds.
Desire, while normally associated with the body, is actually a function of the brain. It
is a series of operational controls that the brain uses to direct bodily function toward
Experience when recalled expeditiously can instruct the brain on the limits of the use
of any desire modality for the good of the whole. But experience can only add up as
activities repeat themselves. Mistakes are made.
Many times a brain/body system does not survive long enough to benefit from what
personal experience alone can caution it away from repeating. Language itself seems to
have developed as a way of institutionalizing experience. An understanding of what was
good and what was bad began to be separated out as this institution enlarged itself.
At first, oral recitation was the only method of broadcasting what must be shared.
Ages would pass before this was improved upon. Then symbols representing the sounds
of language were etched indelibly upon stone, and then on other more portable surfaces.
Broken pottery was used but could not be easily gathered together and collated into
requisite collections. Animal skins were an improvement that eventually evolved toward
the thinner paper successors (papyrus, etc.).
This led to books, volumes, then collections, and libraries, as experience was archived
exponentially. Some of it became confusing, as what worked in one area seemed of
somewhat lesser use in another.