Mapping the Mind

Oct. 15, 1999

We just went to hear a Scientist this weekend that spoke on various Creation Subjects. One that he spoke on was this new secular book by Rita Carter, called "Mapping the Mind". He was showing the research presented by her which indicated a specific locations in the brain, that when resonated with particular frequencies, always produced the same response in every test participant. 

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One that was interesting to him was the Temporal Lobe, which when stimulated, produced intense flashbacks, or a sense of a presence.  The Temporal/Limbic System, when stimulated, produced intense feelings of joy, and a feeling of being in the presence of God.  Religious visions sometimes occurred. It would be interesting if they actually listed the hertz. I have yet to receive this book.

Personally, I found this Very Interesting, as in the Garden, when God commanded Adam not to eat of the fruit, that in that day, he would die; it was not his entire body that died that day, but the musical resonance, that ceased. This cessation was what caused Adam to know that something was different, that he didn’t see God’s Presence in the same way. He ceased to experience the Joy of Living, and the realities of living and working became quickly apparent.

What is interesting is that the DNA is still there.  When resonation is stimulated, the body is able in part to still experience a minute’ re-occurrence of the Joy and the Presence of the Creator. We are wonderfully made.

I was impressed by this in light of some recent research by my friend Charlene A Boehm, which shows the musical harmonics association for all disease, and the correlation with the Sq. Root of 2 with regard to different DNA Chains. I brought this research to the attention of this Scientist. He was very interested! I may not fully understand this whole principle as this research just was brought to my attention last week and I am still reviewing it.

Here is a couple reviews that I found on this book. It only came out in March of 99, so it is very new. I hope to find it as interesting as Molecules of Emotion by Candace Pert.

Mapping the Mind
University of California Press; ISBN: 0520219376

Where does the brain end and consciousness begin? New research in science and medicine offers new clues, and we’ll discuss them with Rita Carter, author of  “Mapping the Mind.” New surgery techniques and electro-magnetic manipulations are helping some psychological problems.

Rita Carter says “I first came across these brain imaging studies about ten years ago and I was instantly hooked. The first studies were pretty crude but as the technology got better I saw that the images were adding up, like bits in a jigsaw puzzle, to reveal something quite startling: a complete picture of the human mind at work. The biological roots of human behavior, and the neurological differences which create individual personalities, are suddenly being made visible.”

From the Author, Rita Carter:
I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick. Why do some people love dressing up while others are happy wearing a sack? Why do certain individuals flock to parties while others do anything to avoid them? How come certain otherwise sensible folk believe that aliens have landed? Why do some people find farting funny? And why are some of us natural artists while others would be hard-pushed to paint their toenails?

Psychologists have done their best to explain these things but until recently they could only guess what was happening in the brain by observing behavior - there was no way to look inside people’s heads and see what caused them to act the way they did. Now, though, scientists can do just that. Imaging technology like PET and functional MRI make it possible to watch the human mind at work, and the picture that is being built up as a result is astonishing.

For several years I scoured the bookshops looking for a book which pulled this picture together, but all I could find were dense, jargon-laden tomes or superficial psychobabble. So I decided to write the book myself. I soon found that it was not enough simply to piece together brain imaging findings. To make sense of them it was necessary to weave them into our existing models of the mind - those we have constructed through evolutionary biology, psychology and studies of eccentric or aberrant behavior. Then it seemed essential to relate what happens in “the” brain to what happens in “my” brain - and yours put the neuroscience into the context of everyday experience and behavior.

“Mapping the Mind” is the result. I know it is about the only illustrated and easily understandable guide to what happens in the brain because I still scour the bookshops and I still haven’t found anything else like it. And I know it is up-to-date because I was adding new findings to it (much to my publisher’s inconvenience) right up to the moment it went to press. And it is almost certainly accurate as far as current knowledge allows, because every word was checked by my eminent consultant, Professor Chris Frith of the Wellcome Department of Cognitive Neurology in London.

Mapping the Mind
By Rita Carter, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £25,
ISBN 0297823302
From New Scientist, 12 December 1998
Reviewed by Haydn Ellis

After surgery to remove a tumor in the frontal cortex “Elliott” lost his ability to feel emotion. As a  result, this dependable and upright citizen became feckless and gullible, lost his job and went bankrupt. Essentially, Elliott cannot judge others; he lacks any intuitive notion of their suitability as business or even marital partners. The composer Shostakovich received a head wound during the Second World War from a shell splinter, which remained lodged in his brain. For him, it was not all loss. By tipping his head to one side, he could hear sounds, which sometimes appeared to be musical, aiding his creativity.

According to Rita Carter, cases such as these can be explained easily: the brain/mind is fairly neatly compartmentalized into modules, so circumscribed  lesions can knock out certain specific functions. Her book, Mapping the Mind, provides arguably the most complete existing exposition of monistic  reductionism by suggesting that understanding the brain’s physical structure will teach us about our mental processes because they are essentially the same “stuff”. It is a tour de force, a compendium of anecdote, research and speculation that is quite breathtaking. Carter’s journalistic approach is bold and, perhaps necessarily, uncritical. She either makes or repeats  the kinds of unqualified statements that scientists rarely venture. In the main, however, the guiding hand of her mentor, neuropsychologist Chris Frith, is evident. With his help, Carter displays an impressive grasp of the intricacies of brain research.

However complex the 100 trillion connections in this matrix of billions of neurons may be, she argues, we are beginning to understand just how the brain works, how the machinery of the mind operates. Carter does, however, seem somewhat preoccupied with her navigation metaphor. The book cover cleverly suggests a parallel between the brain and the map of the London Underground. Paradoxically, this also reveals the book’s limitation. Knowing the whereabouts of two stations, for example, tells us little about the places themselves. Carter loses no opportunity to reinforce a point by illustrating it with a brain image showing changes in blood perfusion or anatomical damage. While many neuroscientists will applaud, some—even while grudgingly acknowledging that such maps may be useful—will point out that knowing where in the brain some function is carried out does not tell us very much about how it is done. The map is not the territory: and the strength of the map metaphor disguises  many subtle interactions within the brain.

At times Carter’s navigational efforts cause her to stray. Take, for example, her discussion of stuttering. She produces brain images showing greater right hemisphere activity as stutterers try to speak—from which she concludes that the problem may stem from a conflict between cortical hemispheres. Equally, of course, it could be that stutterers are anxious about their difficulties, and this produces activity in the right hemisphere. Like many of her suggestions, Carter fails to consider the problem of distinguishing cause from effect. I do not wish to carp any further. Mapping the Mind is excellent, informative and provocative. It introduces brain science to the general reader, and enables specialists to appreciate what those in sister fields are doing and how they can integrate their activities. In the decade of the brain, Carter’s book presents a clear picture of just how these mental activities are supported.

Hadyn Ellis is professor of psychology and Pro Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University