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:
- the 'up/down' inhibiting effects of the cortex on the more basic automatic responses of the subcortical regions;
- the 'front/back' inhibiting effect of the frontal lobes on the posterior cortex; and
- the 'right/left' influence of the two hemispheres on each other. (See The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist, 2009; page 9).
- The up/down opponents superimpose consciousness onto an unconscious life form;
- the front/back opponents superimpose the human faculty on the animal impulses; and
- the right/left opponents pass back and forth the formation of self-understanding.