Actually, anybody who touts their self-importance loves to munch on their own flesh! And many scientists certainly consider themselves as living in the rare air of exalted human intelligence.
This unfortunate condition of negative psycho-spiritual consumption is rampant in the modern world.
Symbolically speaking, a person who is overly proud of their own intelligence is hungry for self-importance, fame, reward and status. (This is not angelic behavior!) “Flesh” represents the living principle that embodies one’s actual love and inclinations. The “arms” represent the power by which one puts that particular love into action and confirms his or her abilities.
Most people love to eat up anything confirming their self-value and powers. It’s quite yummy!
According to scientist/theologian Emanuel Swedenborg, this state of mind is completely delusional. Only God can enlighten humans concerning truth and goodness. Drawing conclusions from the senses and the world (without God’s guidance) always leads to false and incomplete belief systems. Scientists will forever concoct new theories about reality—munch, munch!
In the Holy Bible, such people were referred to as “Great in flesh.” Those who therefore eat “the flesh of their own arm” (Isaiah 9:19,20) wish to appropriate (digest) the titillating power of self-professed enlightenment—finding sustenance from the very fiber of their own egos.
Whether you’re a scientist or not, do you like the taste of your own arm?