a reply to: Noinden
So I just looked up this concept "unverifiable personal gnosis".
The problem with this concept is obvious: if we share a common systemic structure i.e. were humans, why should it be assumed that some of us operate
in radically disparate ways? Is it not more accurate to say that people "end up" where they are, and are usually persuaded by their egotism to make up
terms like "unverifiable personal gnosis" to justify the strangness of their "spiritual knowledge"?
If you appreciated systems theory (which you apparently do not) this idea would come off as pure hogwash. But then again - neodarwinism still peddles
the delusion that genes are "selfish", as opposed to operating in a system of 75 trillion cells that must, by necessity, correlate their activities in
order to bring about a coherent state of organization.
So, if every human body (or dog body, or any other animal body) self-organize in a symmetrical manner, why would the Human being be so drastically
different i.e. to experience other human beings in wildly disparate ways - such as conservatives and liberals.
Trauma. I know you probably don't care much for this concept, but the neuroanatomical and functional correlates of trauma have been discovered, and
they explain very well how negative experiences become 'attractors' so that subsequent experiences use the trauma as a referent.
Now imagine you live in a world where everyone you meet is different. If you were raised by traumatized sociopaths, you would think that everyone
functions just as you do - even though, in reality, your brain has stereotyped your awareness to a certain-wavelength - to expect competition,
aggression, and negative feeling.
Trauma is THE scourge of our society. It is beyond frustrating to me how resistant some people are to acknowledging how their brains work: for
instance, during prolonged negative experience, your periaquaductal grey releases endogenous opiods which blunt activity between the forebrain
(orbitofrontal cortex) and the brainstem. This triggers a 'dissociative' state of derealization and depersonalization. Through this, the body becomes
"other" - so that the system as a whole can be affected without the conscious mind (centered in the forebrain) even being aware of it. In this way,
external cues from the environment act upon unconscious dynamics that move between the amygdala, striatum and the cerebrospinal tract towards the
dorsal vagal complex, leading to a particular muscular state in the body that "corresponds" to the energy state of the brain. The dorsal vagal complex
DEPRESSES functions - so, for instance, words you don't want to hear because of an unconscious association with negative affects are blunted by the
PAG; the PAG is now always activated - and its molecules released - when the cue appears.
Don't you think religion, or philosophy, needs to adjust itself to accommodate these empirical results at the nexus of neuroscience and psychological