Kissing Frogs for Science and God

There is a well-known Fairy Tale of a beautiful princess who kisses a frog and turns it into a prince. What is less well known is that this imaginative story contains a deep knowledge of neuroscience and spiritual transformation.

Allow me to explain.

In my previous post I made the point that some leading edge researchers are beginning to look at new multi-leveled models of human cognition in which emotion and feeling plays a fundamental role in focusing our attention and shaping the material and data of our memory. Such a multi-leveled framework has been surmised from the inadequacy of single-level theories to explain higher and more abstract cognitive function (beyond mere data retrieval).

I pointed out that all emotions, passions and feelings are derivatives of love and that the focus of one’s attention and the shaping of a person’s knowledge is a direct result of one’s quality of love. So for a multi-level cognitive theory to bear fruit, distinct qualities of love would have to be identified as influencing different levels of cognitive function.

At the bottom level, corporeal or worldly love would seek to identify and know things.

Above this, imaginative love would seek to understand what it has accumulated and knows.

Higher still, rational love seeks to go deeper and find truths from what it understands. From truth, the human mind seeks wisdom about the proper way to live (goodness).

Therefore, if we use a beautiful princess to represent a higher or nobler level of love, then kissing a “lowly” frog would signify this noble love seeking union with and influencing a lower or worldly cognitive function. In other words, a frog turning into a prince is a clever metaphor for one human cognitive level transforming into a more profound level.

The purpose of religion and its tenets of loving God and loving the neighbor is a Divine strategy to put our habitual minds in the proper state to be kissed by a “princess” (blessed with spiritual goodness).

Fairy tales, legends, myths and the stories of Scripture all make reference to unicorns, giants, satyrs and dragons. Hmmm? Perhaps these fantastic images all represent various qualities of the human heart and mind (and therefore are ontologically real on higher, non-physical levels of order). That would allow Scripture not only to make more sense for our post-modern world, but it would extend biblical authority into the realm of neuroscience!


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EDWARD F. SYLVIA, M.T.S. Philosopher/Theologian Edward F. Sylvia attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and received his Master of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a Certificate of Swedenborgian Studies from the Swedenborgian House of Studies. He is a member of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (C.T.N.S.) and the Swedenborg Scientific Association (S.S.A.). Award-winning author of "Sermon From the Compost Pile: Seven Steps Toward Creating An Inner Garden" and "Proving God," which fulfills a continuing vision that God’s fingerprints of love can be found everywhere in the manifest universe. His most recent book, "Swedenborg & Gurdjieff: The Missing Links" is an edgy collection of anti-intuitive essays for personal transformation that challenges and inspires. He has been a student of the ideas of both Emanuel Swedenborg and George I. Gurdjieff for over thirty years. Read more about TheGodGuy, his books and his ideas at
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