The body is connected to itself. And although all of the cells that make up our body are distinct from each other, when our consciousness comes into play, all of the parts cooperate.
This gives rise to another way to think about the brain. On a micro scale, all of the body’s cells, all of its parts, are interconnected. The big toe is actually part of the brain. The toe supports our balance, which allows mobility, and in this way the big toe allows our brain to get around.
Every one of our body’s structures serve the brain in one way or another.
Stepping out from this, we are group animals, each with an individual brain, which in attachment mode serves to support other individual brains.
On a macro scale, when we step further out we can view our society as an integrated brain system.
Claudius Ptolemy, an astronomer who lived in Rome about 100 AD asserted that the sun orbited the earth. It was logical to presume the sun was orbiting the earth, since the sun seemed to arrive in the morning and leave at night, return the next day and leave that night.
Many centuries after Ptolemy’s model was formulated, Polish mathematician and astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus revealed a different way of seeing things, a different way of perceiving consciousness.
In 1543 he introduced the idea that the sun was the centre of the solar system. At the time Copernicus’ sun-centred theory was considered radical thought that went unproven until science eventually had the tools to confirm his reality.
Although centuries ago it was commonplace to hold the belief that the sun orbited the earth, no one asserts that old reality now.
The story of the shift from the belief of an earth-centred to sun-centred universe is an example of the summation over time of our experiences. Even culturally, when we accept new and contradictory information, the old reality or program of thought is pruned away.
The possibility of the brain appears limitless.
In actual fact, the structure of our brain depends on summation of the brain’s information.
In the same way that our individual brains sum up, the enormous mass of information makes it necessary to sum up human experience as well.
Because we have so many different experiences, the information that is summed differs widely across different groups, which creates cultures.
When the information is summed and edited in a group, it reinforces the culture, and enables individual and collective brains to retain evolutionary knowledge to survive adversity from wars, clashes, poverty, and famine.
Reality is an agreement. It is what people say it is.
Although we may think our particular group’s consensus is reality, this belief contributes to the silly argument that one culture has more validity than another.