NEUROSCIENTISTS have been busy for years attempting to establish and finalize the proposed “neuronal correlates of consciousness” originating in the brain.
Modern science seems determined to prove that consciousness, our thoughts and awareness, must somehow originate in the gray matter between our ears.
This mechanistic view was assumed as fact by the Human Genome Project, established to catalog the complete human DNA and identify specific cures for all diseases, yet has failed to do so.
It is held that genes carry information about how we look, how well our bodies metabolize food or fight infection, and can determine even how we behave.
It was thought, therefore, that researchers would easily be able to identify specific genes underlying specific diseases, and then all diseases could be eliminated by manipulating the related genes.
But it was discovered that the seemingly simple concept was much more complex than expected.
Just as the origin of consciousness cannot be tagged to specific neurons in the brain, genes are not easily pigeonholed to one disorder. It was found that they function in complex, and frequently changing teams.
Now science is edging nearer to Theosophy, looking closer at a long-neglected area called the microbiome — researching how hundreds of different species of living microbes, inhabiting the human body and outside, are responsible for our health and behaviors. They even discovered a second brain, in our gut, known as the enteric nervous system!