The Ecology of Humans (33) Intelligence Physiology Synopsis


▫ Every organism is an intricately coherent gyre of mental energy with a physical crust. Consciousness soaks in life as an adventure in entertainment.

The brain is not the source of consciousness. The brain is instead merely a locus in the material plane. The mind processes while the brain exhibits correspondent activity. The experience of life as a bodily being is a ruse of the mind to convince its owner that physical actuality is reality.

The brain is not the creator of the mind. The brain is a tool of the mind. ~ American psychologist Gary Schwartz

▫ The human brain is expensive meatware. Although the brain is only 2% of body mass, it consumes 25% of bodily energy.

▫ Glia provide the cellular basis for cognition and memory, abetted by nerve cells that serve as a communication network.

▫ The senses define the ecology of living. The senses are collectively attuned to a milieu of sentience which defines an environment. That environment affords the challenge of survival through tests of wiles.

▫ Sensation is the entrée to perception. Energetic stimuli impinging on sensory organs are transformed into symbols during sensation. These symbols are transformed into representations during perception. Sensed symbols are given mental form via pattern-matching categorization using memory. These conceptualized representations – objects and events – are then infused with meaning as related to desires polarized by interest or avoidance.

▫ Learning is the process of acquiring new concepts, including correlating patterns that are phenomenal.