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April 22, 2013

CUMMINS: My, how things change overnight

What is so important about the human brain? We know it is running generally on half, but the White House recently announced the president has unveiled a “breathtakingly ambitious initiative” to map the human brain. One would think he’d have more important things to do other than spend scarce tax money on futile projects. His ultimate goal is to understand the workings of the human mind. About 50 years ago, cognitive psychology, the science of the mind, merged with neuroscience, the science of the brain, and it only further confused everything. How to explain the stupid things people do? What does the president hope to accomplish? There is the danger that taking the brain apart might reveal that one or both main brain types — liberal or conservative — could be diseased.

Attempting to explain a political mind is asking too much from science or from God. We think that when God permitted man to have a taste of free will, he saw that it was good, but didn’t foresee man forming big governments. Then man formed even bigger governments, ones that could do everything for everybody and it was even better, but God was astonished and disappointed when these governments locked everything into huge bureaucracies. God preferred the emphasis be on one’s soul and spirit, not on paperwork and Dumpsters to put it in. 

As this political evolutionary process developed, man recognized the need for campaign contributions to finance TV attack ads. Money was good because it helped your side attack the enemies of smaller or larger government proponents, whichever you would fight to the death for. Then there were disputes over this valuable money, requiring the Supreme Court to pass judgment. Although God had already passed judgment, saying “Love one another,” the Supreme Court reversed it. They said a big corporation had a right to speak and that they could use big money to express it rather than speaking English or Spanish. It would be ridiculous for a board of directors to all speak at once anyway. Well, you know how dumb this all became, and is. What happened is that man’s brain became warped.

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