Emanuel Swedenborg’s search for the truth led him from science to theology in a most orderly way. Swedenborg’s scientific investigations included an in-depth study of the brain and the brain cells (neurons). He is given credit for having formulated the first theory of neurons in history. But Swedenborg didn’t stop there! He suggested that the neuron had deeper substrates of structure.
It is only recently that some modern neuroscientists are looking for deeper structures in the neuron to account for higher reasoning and abstract thought. These brave brain scientists (including the famous physicist/mathematician Roger Penrose) suspect that microfilaments or microtubules represent a nervous system within the neuron itself!
Unfortunately for today’s scientists, Swedenborg claimed that these deeper substrates of brain design take on geometries that become more invisible, because such deeper structures successively remove themselves from the constraints of physical law and action.
Swedenborg claimed that a specific modification of the cerebrum and a general modification of the smaller neuron produce corporal/sensual brain activity. Then he took brain activity and structure in a direction of greater abstraction.
A specific modification of the neuron and general modification of its interior structure produce imagination.
The specific modification of a neuron’s interior structure and general modification of a whole new level of minute organs produces reasoning and rational thought.
A specific modification of these tiny “brains” and a general modification of their deeper spiritual structure taps into a connate knowledge of all the laws and processes of the universe. Deeper still, a specific modification of a neuron’s spiritual substances produces revelation from God’s heavenly realm.
In each case, brain function jumps to a discrete level of activity representing a new analysis of infinity (there is no finite ratio between the mental functions of sensation and the imagination). And each of these levels functions according to the quality of love that is activated within an individual’s life—from self love to love of society and ultimately to love for God.
Each level of brain activity also represents one’s quality and type of worship (we worship what we love). So by jumping from one level of love to another, a person could change his or her church without getting up from their pew!
I have written about these bold and unfamiliar concepts (including their geometrical values) in my award-winning book Proving God.