INTERACTION BETWEEN BIOLOGY AND CONSCIOUSNESS 5
Interactionbetween Biology and Consciousness
Inthe video titled “In My Language”, the author argues that humanscan communicate in other ways apart from the regular verbal exchange.The person in the video claims that he/she communicates with thenature through the constant sounds that he/she makes. In addition,he/she does communicate through smelling, touching, listening,tasting, looking, and feeling. However, normal human beings describesuch persons as unintelligent, mysterious, and uncommunicative justbecause they cannot understand their language. In summary, the authorargues that autism patients, as well as other persons who do notnecessarily talk or speak normal language are intelligent and capablehumans, only that their brains communicate in a slightly differentway from a normal human being.
Onthe other hand, Jill Bolte Taylor talks about her experience withstroke. She asserts that the brain has two sections, the right andleft hemisphere and that each segment has a distinct function. Theright hemisphere records the present body surroundingskinesthetically, while the left hemisphere keeps information aboutthe experiences. Besides, it analyzes past experiences and then usesthem in predicting the future.
Iagree Taylor’s lecture since I have a friend who was involved in abicycle accident. He sustained head injuries that put him in a comafor four months. Ever since he regained consciousness, he keepsrepeating the things he had said and done prior to the accident. Eachday is a fishing trip to the river since he was injured on his way tothere. From Taylor’s lecture, I would conclude that my friend’sright hemisphere brain segment was damaged hence, the reason hecannot process kinesthetic information that could help him interpretthe present situation differently. On the other hand, her lefthemisphere brain is intact so the reason he still remembers people heknew and the things he was planning to accomplish, but he cannot gobeyond the events he knew before the accidents (Lipton, 2010).
Similarly,I agree with the presenter of “In My Language” that person’sintelligence or completeness is not based on his or her ability tocommunicate verbally. Historians claim that Charles’ Darwin, thedeveloper of evolution theory, was autistic during childhood. Hepreferred a solitary life, as well as avoided direct communicationwith people. Instead, he expressed himself with letters. He was alsoa visual learner, which is a characteristic associated with autisticpersons. His passion in physical gadgets assisted him in thedevelopment of evolution theory as he observed the appearance ofhuman remains and noticed a significant difference of the remainsover the centuries (Lipton, 2010).
Lipton,B.H. (2010). TheBiology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter &Miracles.Createspace Independent Pub.