- Physicists have empirically demonstrated Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2.
Basic Algebra teaches us that any of the three components of the formula can take primary position, i.e. assume primary functioning, while still remaining combined into one entity.
- E=mc2 or
- m=E/c2 or
- c2= E/m,
The Bible describes living beings in these three dimensions.
- I will not refrain my mouth / mass; I will speak
- in the anguish of my spirit / c2 infinite energy;
- I will complain in the bitterness of my soul / bioelectrical energy “(Job 7:11)
We instinctively understand this as
- My body’s hunger controls my food consumption,
- while my God-given spirit feels frustrated over its lack of control over the body and soul,
- as my soul’s will feels frustration in its unfilled desire to lose weight.
Our understanding of the three dimensions of a human allows us to reverse engineer to an understanding of the prototype multidimensional model in which we were made, i.e. God Three in One.
The following biblical passage on fetal development confirms the first reference to the soul’s origination with the body, expanding on the soul’s connection to the physical nervous system with its use of earth elements.
“thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well…when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139:13-15)
Building a baby: The first two weeks – YouTube
Reins, literal fibers, like a horse’s reins, are the nerves originating in the brain penetrating throughout the entire body in order to control the members of the body,
Almost all nerve cells, or neurons, are generated during prenatal life, and in most cases they are not replaced by new neurons thereafter. Morphologically, the nervous system first appears about 18 days after conception…
In order to produce the estimated 1 trillion neurons present in the mature brain, an average of 2.5 million neurons must be generated per minute during the entire prenatal life. This includes the formation of neuronal circuits comprising 100 trillion synapses, as each potential neuron is ultimately connected with either a selected set of other neurons or specific targets such as sensory endings. Moreover, synaptic connections with other neurons are made at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons.
Prenatal Brain Development – YouTube
When humans and primates are first developing, their brains are built from what are known as neural progenitor cells. These are stalk-like cells that multiply over and over again, and they eventually form neurons. The equation is simple since more progenitor cells mean more neurons down the road, and it turns out that human progenitor cells behave differently than the progenitor cells of apes and chimps.
When observing the multiplying behavior of progenitor cells in the primates, the researchers found that the cells continued multiplying at a high rate for roughly five days before maturing and slowing down. That’s a lot longer than in mice, where the cells have been shown to mature within hours. This extended timeframe means that primates have increased brain power and larger brain organs, but human progenitor cells take it to the next level.
The research revealed that humans progenitor cells continue multiplying for up to a full week before transitioning. Because the multiplication of cells is an exponential affair, the extra two days of multiplication means a great deal more cells and eventually neurons in humans.
Sidebar here – how can we accept both this kind of complexity and rapidity of development from a single cell organism to a complete human being and Evolution’s fundamental process of genetic mutation over “billions of years”?
The conclusion that extensive changes have occurred over time is based
- partially on inferences
- and an interpretation of data
- to support the idea that evolutionary development and common descent are both biologically and logically possible.
In contrast to the word play on the inferences, interpretation, and possibility of evolutionary processes, we have the facts uncovered by the scientific study of anatomy and physiology.
The evidence of the amazingly organized
- physiological generation of 2.5 million neurons per minute for nine months
- to form 100 trillion synapses exactly placed to create an informatics transportation system throughout the entire body
- with each neuron precisely connected to a selected set of other neurons on specific end points at precise locations on the cell membranes of target neurons
should put any thinking person in a state of awe at the understated biblical statement “I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works…” (Psalm 139:14)
Further confounding evolution’s reliance on material genetics, the pre-existing social environment in which a fetus is formed has a great impact on the development of personality and behavior – i.e. the soul.
The totality of these events is not thought to be the exclusive product of the genetic code, for there are simply not enough genes to account for such complexity….External environmental factors include nutrition, sensory experience, social interaction, and even learning. All of these are essential for the proper differentiation of individual neurons and for fine-tuning the details of synaptic connections…
So we don’t have a nature vs nurture debate, we have physiology plus social interaction forms the person. Or to put it another way, the chicken and the egg came into being at the same time.
Researchers, psychologists and social scientists have agreed that genes, as well as one’s environment, engage in a complex interplay when shaping personality. Understanding the cause of an individual’s personality, behavior and cognition is an area of interest in various fields.
The Nervous System In 9 Minutes – YouTube
Yet we know that the physical fibers of the nervous system by themselves do nothing. They are simply the means of generating chemo-electrical activity.
It is this electrical activity that formats and allows self-awareness, memories, emotions, intentions, thoughts directing behavior and defining the soul.
Although Freud often spoke of the soul, nearly all of his many references to the soul, and to matters pertaining to the soul, have been excised in the English translation... the word “die seele,” which means “the soul,” is consistently translated as “the mind…” By soul Freud meant the psyche…(commonly translated as the Ego, the Id, and the Super-Ego).
In medicine especially in psychoanalysis, we talk a lot about the unconscious mind and the influences it exerts on our lives. As you may already know, our minds can be divided into the conscious and unconscious mind…
“I would say probably 99 percent of our lives is lived without immediate reflection upon a life principle. Rather, we just act…spontaneously…from being a kind of person…
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Jesus Christ.
The heart as Jesus uses it…is…mostly the unconscious mind…It means “…the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, endeavors”.
The unconscious is the vast sum of operations of the mind that take place below the level of conscious awareness. The conscious mind contains all the thoughts, feelings, cognitions, and memories we acknowledge, while the unconscious consists of deeper mental processes not readily available to the conscious mind.
Much learning, especially recognition of complex patterns, takes place outside of conscious awareness. Similarly, many of the elements that go into judgments and decision-making are processed outside of awareness. Intuition, too, is a product of unconscious mental operations, a set of assumptions swiftly assembled from cumulative knowledge and experience. Much of human motivation and interpersonalonal attraction also take shape beyond conscious awareness…
People use a range of defense mechanisms(such as repression) to avoid knowing what their unconscious motives and feelings are.
Freud (1915) emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind, and a primary assumption of Freudian theory is that the unconscious mind governs behavior to a greater degree than people suspect. Indeed, the goal of psychoanalysis is to reveal the use of such defense mechanisms and thus make the unconscious conscious.
Linking the soul with the unconscious aspect of the mind, even when in an unresponsive body, results in an elegant (scientifically concise and simple) explanation for how the soul
- requires connection to the body through chemo-electric neurological activity for self-expression and interaction with the environment and social milieu,
- continues in an unconscious – but not unaware – state when the body ceases to function,
- and through resuscitation of the body with neurons is able to resume self expression and interaction in a conscious state.
Interestingly, the Bible describes in picturesque terms appropriate to a non-scientific reader the same images now being provided by highly advanced scientific technology.
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…because man goeth to his long home [the grave], and the mourners go about the streets:
- Or ever the silver cord be loosed [chemo-electrical activity of the spinal cord connecting the peripheral nervous system]
- or the golden bowl be broken [chemo-electrical activity of the brain]
- or the pitcher be broken at the fountain [clay body]
- or the wheel broken at the cistern [autonomic repetitive breathing delivering life].
Then shall the dust [of the clay casing for the electrical battery] return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” (Ecclesiastes 12:1-7)