Skip to comments.Creation and the Human Mind
Posted on 07/13/2004 8:03:44 PM PDT by Cedar
I. PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS OF THE HUMAN MIND...
"...The conscious brain wherein reside reason, judgment, and memory...plus all other parts of brain, occupy the space of a quart container and weigh a total of about three pounds. Though the three pounds represent a mere 2 percent of the body weight.., the quartful of brain is so metabolically active that it uses 20 percent of the oxygen we take in through our lungs...Of the total of about 50,000 to 100,000 genes in Homo sapiens, some 30,000 code for one or another aspect of the brain.''5
"...The brain is different and immeasurably more complicated than anything else in the known universe." 6
The physical brain is comprised of over 100 billion cells, each with over 50,000 neuron connections to other brain cells.7 This structure receives over 100 million separate signals from the total human body every second, and if we learned something new each of these seconds, it would take 3 million years to exhaust the capacity of the brain. 8
II. CAPABILITIES OF THE HUMAN MIND...
The brain allows the finger to feel vibrations of 8/1000 of an inch... Allows the eye to see 10 million different colors...9 Directs:
(1) Central Nervous System
(2) Peripheral Nervous System
(3) Autonomic Nervous System
The brain supports its own optimal blood flow with the designed mechanism called the "Circle of Willis" at its base. 10
Phenomenal brain function is illustrated in the idiot savant syndrome (damage to the left hemisphere during fetal development results in greater development in the right hemisphere). With these individuals who are mentally retarded, incredible mental feats have been observed:
Jedediah Buxton lived in the 1700's and, as an adult, had a mental age of 10. When asked haw many 1/8ths of an inch existed in an area 23,145,789 yards by 5,642,732 yards by 54,965 yards, he gave the correct 28-digit number, then volunteered to give it backward.
"K" as an adult has a mental age of 11 and a working vecabulary of 58 words. Yet, he can give you the name and population of every US city over 5,000 in population, every county seat in the nation, distances of every town from Chicago to New York, and a list of over 2,000 hotels (with names, locations, and number of rooms).
Leslie Lemke is blind and mentally retarded. Yet, he can play any musical rendition after one hearing, and can play it flawlessly the rest of his life. This includes classical works especially. He once played every note of a 45-minute orchestral rendition after a single exposure.
III. THE MIND'S INFLUENCE ON THE REST OF THE HUMAN BODY...
"We do know that thoughts determine moods, and moods reflect changes in both hormonal activity and immune function."11 "The body heals itself." 12 "The brain controls the immune system the same way it controls behavioral activities.''13 "Scientists discover the links between the brain and your health." 14
IV. THE MIND'S RESPONSE TO THE CREATOR...
"The uniquely human 'consciousness' - variously defined as language, introspection, self-awareness, and abstract thinking eludes scientific measurement.[emphasis added]." 15 "People can actually reason, anticipate consequences and devise plans - all without knowing they are doing so.'' 16 We respond because we want to respond!
1 Psalm 139:14
2 Job 38:36
3 Hebrews 8:10
4 Sherwm B. Nuland, The Wisdom of the Body (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997) p. 327
5 Ibid., p. 328
6 Richard M. Restak, The Brain: The Last Frontier, 1979, p. 390
7 The Brain, Our Universe Within, PBS Video
8 Wonders of God's Creation, Moody Video Series
9 Paul A. Bartz, Letting God Create Your Day (Minneapolis: Bible Science Association, 1993), Vol. 4, p. 197
10 M.E. Clark, "Safety Mechanism for the Cerebral Circulation," Paley Watches in the Blood Stream
11 David S. Sobel, MD and Robert Ornstein, PhD, The Healthy Mind Healthy Body, (New York: Time Life Medical, 1996), p. 41
12 Sherry Baker, "Internal Medicine," Omni, January 1991, p. 77
13 Rob Wechsler, "A New Prescription: Mind Over Malady," Discover, Feb., 1987, p. 50
14 Newsweek, November 1988, p. 88
15 Joel L. Swerdlow, "Miracles of the Brain," National Geographic, June 1995, p. 133
16 Joseph Weiss, "Unconscious Mental Functioning," Scientific American, Mar. 1990, p.103
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What about it?
This article is just more nonsense, obviously written by people who have been asleep for the past three decades. Cognitive science has been one of the most exciting and talked-about emergent fields of science(in both the academic and popular literature), and evolutionary psychology has, in my mind (no pun intended) offered some of the most convincing explanations for human behaviour and consciousness.
Personally, I don't know about his credentials. I just thought the facts about the human mind were interesting. And thought others might find it so too.
Most of the facts presented were referenced to other sources.
I know Dr. Baugh personally and have seen the findings that converted him from an atheist, and evolutionist, to a Bible believing Christian and Creationist. A couple of scientists that are affiliated with him were also once evolutionists. Almost immediately after the finding of a human footprint within that of a dinosaur, there was a split among the scintists who discovered the prints. Some refused to believe what was before their eyes and immediately attacked the credintials of those who were willing to say, God forbid, that evolution was wrong. Since then, Carl Baugh has endured attacks by evolutionists saying that he created the prints. Some of these included those who were on the team who discovered them with Baugh.
But, then, whatever it be, you would have to think that, given that you're a right wing atheist. It'll be your belief that determines the knowledge available to you, not the knowledge you have that determines your belief.
"I know Dr. Baugh personally and have seen the findings.."
Thanks for clearing things up for us. Nothing like first-hand knowledge! I appreciate your input on this.
These guys are either bad at science or bad at math. Your pick.
It is interesting. But is the mind a creation of the brain? If so what lives on after death? If mind is simply the biological functioning of the brain what is there to perceive the experience of heaven, hell or what have you?
I know the guy, but don't necessarily agree with everything he says. I've been to his "Creation Evidence Museum" in Texas. I have actually heard many contradictions to his findings, even by creationists, but sometimes I think he is a little overzealous. He doesn't deserve the attacks that he gets from evolutionists.
So Baugh joins Laura Callahan in the fake diploma legion.
Since I believe the Bible contains the words of God, I refer to it for answers.
Everyone has a soul, which will live on forever (either with the Lord in heavenly places or without Him, which is hell).
The mind, will, intellect must be part of the soul.
Where???? I click on the link and all I get is a bunch of ads for some seminars.
But what's this article about, Interesting trivia about the brain and then some Bible verses and that's suppose to prove what exactly??
I guess this is a "huh?" ping.
If there is anything to perceive an experience after death one would certainly call it mind and it must not be dependent on the brain then.
Yes and no. We do have cognitive blinders which frame how we perceive and interpret knowledge; some of these are hardwired into our brains. But the knowledge we have and obtain also shapes these systems of cognitive framing. As for myself, an attitude of scientific realism and skepticism led to a rejection of the possibility of an infinite creator, but they also led to my conservatism in political and economic affairs.
a mode of thinking through which imagination can escape the mundane shell of current construct reality and leap into a new phase of human evolution.Of course the failure of alchemy and astrology obliterate the thesis that reality is derived from desire. Quantum physics and the collapse of probability waves make an interesting counterpoint, but all in all, the idea that reality springs from belief is so easily disproved I'm amazed sentient beings still cling to it.
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