Unconscious and Unspoken Harmonies

To begin to answer these thorny questions, it is useful to turn again to what science has learned and elaborated on since the turn of the new century. Today’s research on the brain and its functions as mediator and guardian reveals expanded possibilities. Nearly all researchers agree that the old triune model of the brain is far too simplistic. Nonetheless, describing the functions of the brain in an evolutionary fashion remains a useful prototype and source of nomenclature.

While the reptilian stem of the human brain gives us impulses to fight or flee and the cortex gives us the ability to reason and decide, the workhorse of the system, the limbic brain, is receiving, interpreting, and routing data from conscious ...

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