Ideas can be far apart

Everyone knows that two people can be sitting next to each other, yet mentally be miles apart. One person can be a Democrat and the other a Republican. One can embrace religion while the other science, etc.

This acknowledgment tells me that the average person is capable of understanding the solution to the mind/brain problem in science and how person-level experience affects brain physiology and activity.

Let me share with you the ideas of two potent scientists. The first is theoretical physicist David Bohm, and his wonderfully insightful holistic theory called the implicate order. In this non-reductive model of reality he proposed that within the visible world of phenomena there were deeper orders of coherent structure and complexity enfolded within (and gave law to the outer, visible realms).

Bohm also sensed that human reasoning and mathematical ratio were the same things. He believed that human perception (recognizing something) consisted of the various ratios connected with a particular object in the world and formed our concept of it in relation to other things.

Since ideas in the mind have different values, they must have real relation to each other and be differentiated under a different system of metrics—as non-physical ratios. Bohm referred to this hidden order of ratio as a deeper “inner measure.”

Enter now, Emanuel Swedenborg.

Swedenborg not only anticipated Bohm’s notion of implicate order but applied it to brain structure, the neuron and distinct cognitive functions. Swedenborg’s comprehensive (multi-leveled) model of the human cognitive architecture consisted of a hierarchical scaffolding of sensitive organic structures based on increased principles of curvature. This allowed the non-material mind to translate (supervene) its non-physical metrics and ratios (called changes of states) into physical analogs upon brain and neural structure.

In other words, a subtle modification of a neuron’s cell membrane plus “twists” in such deeper structures as microtubules could reproduce similar ratios within a spacetime metric. Neuroscientists suspect that there is some kind of correlation between mental activity and the activity of the physical brain. Swedenborg had the answer to the causal relationships and correspondence between the two!

In order to bring many of Swedenborg’s amazing (but overlooked) ideas to the table I have written a new book, titled Proving God. It attempts to unify science and theology by challenging many of the world’s current beliefs about both and demonstrating why Love is the Ultimate Science.

About thegodguy

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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2 Responses to Ideas can be far apart

  1. Sue says:

    Wow! Really great illustration – they do look exactly alike.

  2. thegodguy says:

    All credit goes to my wonderful wife, Sue, who finds these illustrations for my posts. She is a professional designer and is responsible for the graphic look of “Proving God.”

    By the way, remember the discussions we had over my blog post “The Rope and the Ladder” concerning whether various human cognitive functions were discrete or continuous? Here is a quote I recently came across from Swedenborg which proves my point about distinct mental levels:

    “Most people do not know that every individual possesses an internal level, a rational level, and a natural level [of the mind], and that these three levels are quite distinct and separate from one another – so distinct in fact that one can be at variance with the another.” Arcana Coelestia n. 2183[2].

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