Did Emanuel Swedenborg solve the mystery of the Neanderthals?

He certainly understood that a new species of humans took over after something went wrong with a prior species. The disappearance of the Neanderthals is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries in human evolution. And Swedenborg, who died in 1772, could not have any knowledge of this anthropological situation. (The first Neanderthal skull was discovered in the 1850s and it was much later before its significance in human evolutionary history was known.)

Swedenborg claimed that a race of human beings who were cerebellum-focused was replaced by a race of humans who became cerebrum-focused (with more developed foreheads). The reason he gives as to the extinction of this former race is purely spiritual—and it had nothing to do with species competition or environmental factors.

This prior race of humans (who were actually a different genus), were ruled by their involuntary brain or cerebellum (Neanderthal skulls show a protrusion or “bun” at the posterior lobe). While the cerebellum is a primitive part of the brain, Swedenborg maintained that this human brain received its forces, actions and modes directly from God’s heaven. Originally, this human race could converse with angels, and their breathing action was similar to heavenly rhythms. (Neanderthals also have a curious chest structure—with no waist.)

The design flaw of this race of cerebellum-focused humans was that they could not think differently from their involuntary nature and passions. Their cerebrums (and thoughts) concurred with the compulsions and orders of their hindbrains. When they eventually turned from God and adopted more self-centered and evil principles, they were unable to intellectually reflect on or challenge their passions. Furthermore, this caused their heavenly breathing rhythm to struggle and finally to stop. Their extinction was due to suffocation!

According to Swedenborg, the Lord God of heaven “changed the wiring” of some of these early humans and adapted them towards growing and using their cerebrums apart from their cerebellums. This allowed “modern” humans to appear—humans who could better accumulate knowledge from the physical world of the senses and learn about values (from external sources) that were nobler than their base intentions.

I share more intriguing details (and scientific support) about Swedenborg’s anthropological insights in my award-winning book Proving God.



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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 http://www.staircasepress.com
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8 Responses to Did Emanuel Swedenborg solve the mystery of the Neanderthals?

  1. Madrepérola says:

    Hello Edward, the God guy
    Swedenborg and Gurdjieff, that is an interesting combination 😉
    Concerning the post, Neanderthals are not the people of the Most Ancient Church. These last are other people which science doesn’t yet mention.
    With kind regards

    • thegodguy says:

      Sorry to disagree. I have provided evidence (especially in my award-winning book “Proving God”) as to why Neanderthals were people of the Most Ancient Church. How would science recognize such a race – they left no extant writings. According to Swedenborg, writing and art came AFTER the spiritual deterioration of the first celestial humans. Cro-Magnons (modern humans) developed writing and art and they followed the Neanderthals!

      Spiritually yours,

      • thegodguy says:

        Also consider this – The Most Ancient Church was located in the land of Canaan. Many Neanderthal bones have been found in this area! 🙂

      • Madrepérola says:

        Hello Edward – Thank you.
        The most important is to meet ES enthousiasts, for a better world where there’s more compassion and we create less suffering in the world. If you have time, say hello in my starting blog, I appreciate feed back and advise — but understand you are very busy.

        Edward, you could consider going on researching and researching the other human types which have been on earth besides those two.

        If you had a Gurdjieff connection, did you also come across the Arica school of Oschar Ichazo?
        Kind regards

        Dear Madreperola,

        I have studied human evolution and other species of hominids to compare the fossil evidence with Swedenborg’s observations in the Spiritual World. My connection with Gurdjieff work groups were in New York and St. Louis – I have not heard of the group you mention.

        Why would you want advice from me? Your blog should come from your heart and intellect. Maybe I will pay you a visit.

        Spiritually yours,

  2. CAF says:

    I think we need to redevelop our cerebellum. …now that we (necessarily) exited the garden, we need to return, willingly, consciously.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear CAF,

      Kinda. The cerebellum (in infants) creates new neurons from physical contact and loving attention from parents. This also creates healthy connections between the Limbic brain system and the cerebrum. According to Emanuel Swedenborg, the human cerebellum was the seat of celestial love (it is shaped like a tree). He also said that if the cortical cerebrum were more perfectly connected to the cerebellum we would barely need teachers.

      Spiritually yours,

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mr. Sylvia– Have you come across the connection between (dare I breathe a word of this?) the neanderthal and the Jew? I was astounded to find your reference to Swedenborgen and the Neanderthal– I wonder if he might have seen Stan Gooch or Micheal Bradley’s works? Does any of this ring a bell with you? Thanks.

    • thegodguy says:

      Dear Anonymous,

      Neanderthals and modern human-types lived for a period of time in close quarters in the Land of Canaan. Neanderthals were a different type of human than the Jew (cerebellum-focused rather than cerebrum-focused), and could converse with the angels of heaven, using a spiritual, symbolic language. This topic is addressed in my award-winning book “Proving God.” I am not familiar with the works of Stan Gooch or Micheal Brady.

      Spiritually yours,

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