YES—if neuroscientists want to truly solve the mysteries of the human mind and its subjective intelligence. Explaining the human intellect in terms of brain lobes, sections and various synapses (connections) between neurons is not adequate for creating a comprehensive model that embraces the higher functions of rational and abstract thought including person-level experience.
Ironically, scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg accomplished this great feat a couple of centuries earlier. Unfortunately, Swedenborg has been brushed aside by the modern scientific and academic communities—even though there is extant evidence that he was the first researcher to formulate a neuron theory (brain cells).
The reason for this scientific snub is that his model of the human intellect led to higher spiritual functions and to the Creator. Swedenborg’s unique view of a multi-level structure in neuron physiology (distinct and sandwiched substrates) has only recently been suspected by today’s most forward-thinking neuroscientists. But Swedenborg went even further and provided a lawful model by which these deeper substrates could operate in a non-physical (spiritual) realm!
Few natural scientists are mentally prepared to deal with such a disclosure.
He claimed that the innermost structures of the neuron consisted of forms, which were invisible to optic investigation because they lawfully shed the geometrical constraints of physical action by adopting superior forms that transcended the spacetime arena.
This extraordinary model of human consciousness allowed for a hierarchy of mental functions to exist, like memory, imagination, reasoning and symbolic thought. Each function operated on its own distinct neural substrate and moved up a “ladder” from the physical (literal) to more abstract ideas based on more inclusive and noble principles of love. At the top of this ladder are God’s theological teachings concerning divine love.
If this topic interests you, I provide additional details in my award-winning book, Proving God.