Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Savant simplicity

Scientist are gaining insights into the brains that are damaged, either from birth or during accidents. One scientist is turning off part of the brain of volunteers with a magnetic brain cap, after which the normal person can make quick calculations, notice details, and draw incredibly well. National Geographic shows a scientist who works with a college student in a frontier experiment: a magnetic charge is put through the student’s brain for 15 minutes. Afterwards, the student can replicate savant skills of drawing, instant number recognition, and others. The process is called trans-cranial stimulation. Within an hour, the heightened effect is lost, and the brain function returns to average.

Apparently having less control of the halving of our brain, removing inhibitors to “normal” behavior, and disabling the constrictors that help us focus opens up areas of the brain that are unavailable to us. “Privileged access to lower level raw material,” is what the professor calls the student’s access to information. The suppression of higher education and the freeing of instinct is apparently beneficial in some ways.

Interesting: what if heaven allows the full use of our minds by removing human inhibitors, taking away the constrictors of culture, human learning, and presuppositions to allow us free expression of worship and understanding of the world as it really is? But without damage or harmful consequences which such freedom brings on earth.

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*Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. Psalm 29:1, 2 NIV

*Then Jesus explained: "My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work." John 4:34

* Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17 NIV

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