Answers from Neurology

Answers from Neurology

Answers from Neurology

By Jeremiah Cameron, Ph.D. (May 4, 2001)

We are what our brains dictate, and therein lie many answers from neuroscience or neurology that could help us be better people and a better society. Einstein once said, as he worked unsuccessfully to find it, that when we find the Final Formula (beyond his e=mc2) it will be "so" simple that we will wonder why we never thought of it.

A paradox is a proposition or idea that seems to contradict itself, seeming absurd, but is in fact true. I believe that God is a paradox, and as such, He and His creation, are ultimately very simple and also just as complex. Human behavior—living, hating, emoting, thinking, reading, writing, murdering, torturing—is what the brain causes us to do, and we rarely realize that we could turn to it to help us with our problems.

The activity of the brain—and there are really three of them in our heads—is paradoxically causing many of our actions that seem to contradict themselves. If it is inconceivable that a mother will slaughter her child, then one needs only consider that if the "old" brain or limbic system is not in sync with one of the upper hemispheres, pitting emotion against reason, we can get just such contradictory behavior—THAT OF A MOTHER KILLING THE CHIILD THE LOVES.

We have such contradictory behavior—much of it anti-social and horrifying to the community—all the time, and we never think to consider the brain as the culprit. And that is because we know so little of what neurologists and psychologists have been arguing and reporting down through the years about the impact of the brain upon behavior—especially learning and neurotic and psychotic behavior.

I hold those who know or should know at fault for taking so long to focus on the structures of the brain as they consider serious problems that confront us and society. Teachers are trying to teach kids without knowing very much about the structures in the brain where memory and language are processed. For years now I have mentioned in articles what every neurologist and psycholinguists has known for years and can now through brain imaging prove—that the brain cells for language skills are produced most abundantly in the first 2 years of life and slow up dramatically when puberty sets in (much, much earlier now: for some girls at 8 years old and for boys a few years later): Dumb-dumb should know then that billions should be spent on early childhood education. Most money spent on remediation later, while charitable and hopeful, is a misuse of public funds.

In future writings, I shall detail what every citizen should know about his brain that could be useful to him and society.