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The function of the brain and nervous system and sense organs is in the main Eliminative and not productive.
Each person is at each moment capable of remembering all that has ever happened to them and of perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe.
The function of the brain and nervous system is to protect us from being overwhelmed and confused by this mass of largely useless and irrelevant knowledge, by shutting out most of what we should otherwise perceive or remember at any moment, and leaving only that very small and special selection which is likely to be practically useful.
According to such a theory, each one of us is potentially Mind at Large.
But in so far as we are animals, our business is at all costs to survive.
To make biological survival possible, Mind at Large has to be funnelled through the reducing valve of the brain and nervous system.
What comes out the other end is a measly trickle of the kind of consciousness which will help us to stay alive on the surface of this particular planet.
In the final stage of egolessness there is an 'obscure knowledge' that All is in all—that All is actually each. This is as near, I take it, as a finite mind can ever come to 'perceiving everything that is happening everywhere in the universe