25 February 2011

Fine calibration of function

The alternation of dialectical states creates a dynamic stablity by the use of 'opponent processors.' 
Opponent processors allow for the fine calibration of function. The brain is made up of three opponent processors: 
  1. the 'up/down' inhibiting effects of the cortex on the more basic automatic responses of the subcortical regions; 
  2. the 'front/back' inhibiting effect of the frontal lobes on the posterior cortex; and 
  3. the 'right/left' influence of the two hemispheres on each other. (See The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist, 2009; page 9). 
  1. The up/down opponents superimpose consciousness onto an unconscious life form; 
  2. the front/back opponents superimpose the human faculty on the animal impulses; and 
  3. the right/left opponents pass back and forth the formation of self-understanding. 

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