It is surely self-evident to say that if you set out to say or write anything, a lecture, a letter, a newspaper article, a book, the resulting work will be largely about yourself. That it is your biases, your opinions, your education, your society, your life experiences which contribute to and give a flavour to the content. I have reflected on this over the past few years, intending to write a book and on each occasion, with different starting points and different storylines it unraveled to a point where I just couldn’t couldn’t join up all the threads.
Before yet another attempt I had better give you an idea of what I would like to achieve. I want to understand in an overall “here is an approximate map of the human universe” sort of way why I feel what I feel and react to, interface with and how best can I explain it in terms of the world I perceive. And then by extension try to understand the world of human societies from small groups to nations to all of humankind.
The first roads I travelled on started in the world of science.
Otherwise referred to as the Pre Frontal Cortex. I want you to imagine for a moment that you are transported into an armchair inside your prefrontal cortex. This is the part of the brain which is the “central control centre,” and the seat of rational thought. It is where decision making resides along with planning, personality, and orchestration of thoughts and actions.Almost a third of the brain is committed to processing what we see so I would like to start with this. Without going into too much in the way technicalities I will try to use fairly simple analogies to help demonstrate how it works.