I am interested in the strange trips that the brain's switching system can take you on
and how it influences the way we look at the world.  I am not so concerned with the
latest ideas in neurology and brain function.  Some of what I suggest may be simply
untrue and inaccurate, but there is no question that the nervous system has evolved a
series of switches, polarities that are used to maintain physiological and behavioral
stability.  Examples of these switches are:  stop to go, on to off, fast to slow, input and
output, think first to act first, here to there, yes to no, wild to normal.  

(Refer to Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind, U of California Press, 1998, 99,  see pp 17-53)
These switches are build deeply into the nervous system and the body.  The body flips
these switches on and off to maintain its stability.  For example, when we are cold, the
body may switch on the action and the fast motion to increase the heat generated by
muscle movement.  It is impossible to locate the switches in a particular place
because they are used for various purposes and various way.  Even so, for our model
we have played around with associating them with various gods and goddesses.  
There is a myth in ancient Greek mythology about pairs of gods and goddesses siting
around a table on Mount Olympus.  We have pretended that this table is the Cerebral
Cortex.

(Refer to Carl G. Jung, See Joseph Campbell, ed, Portable Jung, 1971, p. 382)
We have associated each god and goddess with a switch.  Hera is stop and Zeus is
go.  We have placed them in the frontal lobes of the cerebrum, with Hera toward the
front and right and Zeus toward the back and left.  Hermes is output and Hestia is
input.
LINK to PAGODA 26

We have placed Hermes in Broca's area, responsible for speech, and Hestia in the left
temporal, associated with listening skills.  Aphrodite is rest and slow and Ares is fast
and unrest.  We have placed Ares in the left motor area and Aphrodite in the adjacent
somatosensory region.   Artemis (the moon) is off (sleep functions) and Apollo (the
sun) is on (wakefulness, attention).   Athena is thought and Hephaestus is planned
action, we put them in the right frontal and adjacent motor areas.  Demeter is here and
Poseidon is there, we place them in right parietal and right temporal
.
Link to Pagoda 26
(See Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens, Harper, 1999, pp.  317 - 335 )
Our placement may be incorrect, but the switches are ancient ones and are present
at many levels in the brain: sympathetic to parasympathetic autonomic nervous
system (unrest to rest) with centers in medulla, hypothalamus, etc., reticulate centers
associated with wakefulness, pons centers with dreaming, etc.
LINK to PAGODA 26

(See Beck, Freeman and Associates, "Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders.")
We find these switches support the personality disorders.  The Histrionic seems to be
a stuck output switch and the Dependent a stuck input.   Avoidant as a stuck thought
and Compulsive as a stuck action, Masochistic as a stuck here and Schizotypal as a
stuck there, Borderline as a stuck slow and Antisocial as a stuck fast, Narcissistic as
a stuck go and Paranoid as a stuck stop, Sadistic as a stuck on and Schizoid as a
stuck off.  (Theodore Millon, et. al., Personality Disorders in Modern Life, 2nd Ed.,
Wiley, 2000, 2004.  See also, Charles Hampton-Turner, Maps of the Mind, 1981,82.)

I orient these switches according to polarities: energy (flux) to information (fixed),
connections (core) to disconnection (covering), primary (self) to assembly (social).  
These are the six vertexes of an octahedron, six sides of a cube.  The faces of the
octahedron are the information cycle: set point, feedback mechanism, emergent
properties, analysis of input, and the energy cycle: mutations, recombination of
mutations, emergence of mutant phenotype, extinction and natural selection of
mutant phenotypes.  I try to develop a model from this for cultural information, as well
as brain and genetic information.

I write poetry and Published a book of poems titled "Love" in 1974.
My current goal is to develop models that put it all together, psychology, mythology,
and the larger world.  I am very active in recovery.  I am a recovering 12 step person
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Consider the following model:                                                                        Gods and Brain Functions Link Here

The TOP of the Chart will represent the connections maintained by the RIGHT HEMISPHERE OF THE CEREBRUM:
The Chart is a flattened tetrahedron-cube-octahedron-sphere, buried pyramid, flattened to act as a wheel turning on the flux to fixed axis.  
The outer part of this wheel represents the lower structures of the brain like hypothalamus, reticulate, and thalamus, sleep and
wakefullnes centers in pons and brain stem, the center of the wheel represents basal ganglia, striatum, and association areas of the
cerebral cortex that process information and control switching between information processing systems.
The left side of the chart represents frontal lobes and anterior structures and the right side represents posterior structures as follows:
Anterior, cingulate, frontal lobes, motor area, central sulcus, somatosensory, parietal lobe, association area, temporal lobe, occipital lobe:
                                                            FLUX

              Cause/Variation              SOURCE                   Ground/Possible

     Self                                              Transcendent                                    Whole

                   Conservation                    IDEAL            Perfection

FLUX         FREE               Individual    ANALYSIS              LAW                ORDER            Collective            SYNTHESIS     FLUX

                         Form                          RESULT              Sameness

    Part                                             Measurement                                     Social

                       Action                        EXPRESSION        Development

                                                                 FLUX
The BOTTOM of the Chart represents the particulars focused on by the LEFT HEMISPHERE of the CEREBRUM:
Anterior, cingulate, frontal lobes, motor area, central sulcus, somatosenory, parietal lobe, association areas, temporal lobe, occipital lobe
Three Opposites     Self   vs. Social                                     Nobility vs. Socialism                       frontal and cingulate to posterior association
Whole vs.  Part                                      Centralism vs  Federalism             right hemisphere to left hemisphere
Flux    vs. Law                                         Revolt  vs  Legalism                        lower brain to upper brain
Four Opposites       FREE vs. ORDER                                Cubism/Da Da   vs.  Baroque        Existentialism  vs. Rationalism
ANALYSIS vs. SYNTHESIS                 Impressionism  vs. Symbolism, Post Impressionism     Analytic vs. Dialectic
IDEAL vs. EXPRESSION                     Classical vs. Expressionism        Idealism vs. Instrumentalism
SOURCE vs. RESULT                         Romanticism vs. Realism              Theosophy vs. Materialism
Six Opposites          Cause vs. Sameness                         Art  vs. History                         (See Erich Fromm, Exploitative vs. Receptive)
Individual vs. Collective                       Opinion vs. Ideology              (Local to Cosmic)
Transcendent vs. Measurement        Theology vs. Economics      (Invisible Ultimate to Visible Everyday)
Ground vs. Form                                   Mythology vs. Psychology     (See Aristotle's Causes, Substance to Shape)
Perfection vs. Action                             Ethics vs. Craft                       (See Aristotle's Causes, Purpose to Action)
Conservation vs. Development          Philosophy vs. Journalism  (See Erich Fromm, Hoarding vs.
Marketing)                                                                                     
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RIGHT HEMISPHERE OF THE CEREBRUM CONNECTIONS:
Anterior cortex, cingulate, frontal lobe, motor areas, central sulcus, somatosensory, parietal, temporal, occipital association
areas:
going from lower brain and reticulate, etc. to upper brain and basal ganglia, striatum, cerebral association areas in center  
                                                                 FLUX  (Dance, Oceans, Hawaii)
                                                          cause                                                            ground
                                        (Art, Volcanic, Mexico                              (Mythology, Rain Forest, Congo)
                                                                    Source (Magic, Volcanic Rain Forest. New Guinea
                       SELF, Phenomenology, Zen, Volcano, Japan                        WHOLE, Religion, Monsoon, India
                                                           transcendent, Theology, Uplands, Nepal
                                         conservation                                                                    purpose                                   
                                        (Philosophy, Canyons, Silk Road)          (Ethics, Plateau, Iran)
                                                                     Ideal (Metaphysics, Mountains, Tibet)
FLUX              Free             individual            Separate                    LAW                 Order               collection             Mixed                      FLUX
(Dance)       (Design)         (Criticism)          (Mathematics)      (Scholarship)     (Government)   (Ideology)            (Literature)     (Dance)
(Oceans)   (Archipelago)   (Peninsula)        (Mediterranean)     (Desert)               (Basin)           (Rivers)               (Lakes)         (Oceans)
(Hawaii)         (Iceland)          (Italy)                   (Greece)                 (Mecca)            (Central Asia)   (China)            (N. Russia)      (Hawaii)
                                             form                                                                sameness
                                 (Psychology, Glaciation, Scotland)           (History, Sedimentary, France)
                                                                Result (Science, Plains, Germany)
                         PART,( Engineering, Ice fields, Sweden)                  ASSEMBLY, (Education, Delta, China Coast)
                                                                measurement (Economics, Lowland, Netherlands)
                                                   action                                                              development
                        (Craft, Typhoons, Polynesia)                       (Ocean beach, Journalism, Atlantic Seaboard)
                                                                 Performance (Business, Entertainment, Salt Marsh, New Orleans)
                                                             FLUX (Dance, Oceans, Hawaii)
Anterior cerebrum, cingulate, frontal lobes, motor areas, central sulcus, somatosensory, parietal, temporal, occipital association
LEFT HEMISPHERE OF THE CEREBRUM, facts, particulars

SIX FACES OF THE CUBE, VERTEXES OF THE HALF BURIED OCTAHEDRON-CUBE-PYRAMID:
FLUX  opposed to LAW (FIXED)                             Motor Areas to Association Areas, Lower Brain Attention to Upper Brain Switching
SELF opposed to ASSEMBLY (Social)                  Frontal, Cingulate to Posterior POT, Parietal, Occipital, Temporal Association
COVERING (Finite, Part, Exterior) opposed to CORE (Whole, Infinite, Interior)   Left Hemisphere fact to Right Hemisphere
meaning

EIGHT CORNERS OF THE CUBE, FACES OF THE HALF BURIED OCTAHEDRON-CUBE-PYRAMID:  (ASSEMBLY FACE BURIED)
Result opposed to Source (or Earth to Heaven)                                       Left Speech-Verbal to Right cingulate-frontal-lower brain
Performance opposed to Ideal  (or Dust/Life  to Air)                                Left Motor-Somatosensory to Right Frontal
Free opposed to Order (or Fire to Glass/Metal)                                         Cingulate, Frontal, Motor to Right striatum, motor-parietal
Separate (Analysis) opposed to Mixed (Synthesis) (or Salt to Water)   Left Frontal lobe to Right parietal occipital temporal
association

TWELVE EDGES
conservation to development                        paranoid Hera to borderline Aphrodite                                 right frontal inhibit to left
parietal
transcendent to measurement                     avoidant Athena to histrionic Hermes                                   right frontal speech to left
speech
individual to collective                                     sadistic-narcissistic Apollo to masochistic Demeter        left cingulate to right parietal
sameness to cause (variation)                     dependent Hestia to schizoid Artemis                                  left temporal to right
cingulate     
form to ground (possible)                              elitist, amorist narcissist Zeus to schizotypal Poseidon   left frontal lobes to right
temporal
action to purpose                                             antisocial Ares to obsessive-compulsive Hephaestus    left motor area to right motor

PERSONALITY  DISORDERS, GODS AND GODDESSES
form, Narcissistic              Zeus, Jupiter,                 Go, Left Frontal Cortex, Motor facilitation
conservation, Paranoid    Hera, Juno,                     Stop, Right Frontal Cortex, Motor Inhibition of Frontal Area

individual, Sadistic              Apollo,                           On, Left Frontal Cingulate, Left Occipital, Reticulate, Thalamus, Wakefulness
cause, variation, Schizoid  Artemis, Diana,           Off, Right Frontal Cingulate, Right Occipital, Pons, Sleep areas, Sleep

measurement, Histrionic    Hermes, Mercury,      Out, Talk   Broca's, Left Hemisphere Speech Areas
sameness, Dependence   Hestia, Vesta              In, Listen, Left Temporal Language Areas

development, Borderline    Aphrodite, Venus         Rest, Slow, Left Parietal Somatosensory, Parasympathetic Hypothalamus
action, Antisocial                  Ares, Mars                    Unrest, Fast, Left Motor, Sympathetic Amygdala

transcendence, Avoidant     Athena, Minerva           Caution, Thought, Right Frontal, Premotor
purpose, Compulsive           Hephaestus, Vulcan  Execution, Skill, Right Motor, Striated Bodies, Basal Ganglia

collective, Masochistic         Demeter, Ceres         Here, At  Home, Right Parietal
ground, Schizotypal              Poseidon, Neptune   There, At Sea, Right Temporal, Cingulate, Hippocampus, Rhinencephalon





Critical Areas in the Brain:
Central Sulcus, divides the motor areas of the frontal lobes from the somatosensory, touch oriented sensory areas of the parietal
lobes.  What we call Perform, in the model given above' seems to focus on the mythical pairing of Mars and Venus.  This can
symbolize switches between the autonomic parasympathetic rest function (Venus) and the autonomic sympathetic excitement
and unrest function (Mars).  The main centers for control of the sensory and motor aspects of this polarity that are under
conscious control, seem to be along the left hemisphere central sulcus where motor behavior is paired with sensory input.

The frontal lobes are the executive areas of the brain.  Here we associate them with Mount Olympus, and the ruling gods, Jupiter
and Juno, or Zeus and Hera (Greek version).   The frontal lobes are divided into right and left by the division between right and left
hemisphere.  The parts of the frontal lobes near the motor areas tend to be motor supporting, facilitating, and those next to them,
motor inhibiting.  In our model, Zeus, Jupiter, is the motor facilitating, the GO function, and Hera, Juno, is the cautious, NO
function.
In our model, these executive function represent the Separation, or Analysis aspect of the larger system.

The right hemisphere is more global, more meaning centered, than the fact oriented left.  Here, in this frontal executive aspect,  
we see the notion of the Ideal, the myth of the perfect, split into two versions, the passive, cautious, Athena, Minerva, and the
active, compulsive, Hephaestus, Vulcan.

The right central sulcus brings Vulcan and Ceres, (Hephaestus, and Demeter) together.  Here we combine compulsive action
and masochistic sacrifice to the social order, to the home, to the fields, to the agricultural cycle.  This field can symbolize the
larger social order, thus Order in our system.

The left hemisphere unites verbal motor activity in the frontal lobes and sensory activity in the temporal lobe and its association
with visual and spacial data in the parietal-occipital-temporal association area.  In our model, this is the fact, the Result field, and
it is divided between dependent Hestia, who listens, and histrionic Hermes, who talks.

The posterior portion of the right hemisphere is divided into lobes.  The parietal lobe seems to be associated with our sense of
home and place.  Here we located Demeter (Ceres), goddess of the fields, opposed to her are association areas bringing in
data from temporal and occipital lobes, data associated with time and place oriented through the hippocampus.  The
hippocampus allows us to locate our selves as we travel from home.  Here we find the roots of Poseidon (Neptune),  the male
god of the sea that takes the sailor far from home.  In our model, this is the Mixed, the Synthesis, face, or the element that we call
"Water."

The opposite of Order, in our model is Free.  Choice seems to be associated with areas connected to the thalamus, basal
ganglia, and cingulate areas of the brain.  These are divided by the hemispheres into left and right.  We associate the more fact
oriented left hemisphere with Apollo, god of the sun, whom we also associate with wakefulness, and the reticulate and thalamic
areas that promote wakeful attention.  Paired with Apollo and the sun, is Artemis (Diana) and the Moon.  We see this is the basic
On to Off switch between attention and inattention, conscious and unconscious, voluntary and involuntary, sleep and wakeful, that
forms the deep root of all choices, alternatives, all possibilities processed by the brain.

The deepest roots of this switching emerge in the right hemisphere cingulate area and its associations with the temporal and
frontal lobes.  This is the field we call Source.  It is the opposite of the fact oriented field called Result because it is a field of
myths. Some of these myths emerge from the fog as ideas and paradigms.  Athena (Minerva) is the ruler of these models, but
most remain in the deep water we call the "Unconscious," where they remain under the rule of shadowy figures like Poseidon
(Neptune) and Artemis (Diana).

Do these deep roots come out of some deeper order of a fundamental kind such as the following?

Right Hemisphere of the Cerebrum moving from lower brain to the basal ganglia, striatum, association areas of cerebrum:
Anterior Right Hemisphere   Cingulate, Frontal Lobe  Motor Cortex Central Sulcus  Parietal  Association Temporal Occipital
Posterior (See Carl G. Jung in Joseph Campbell, ed, The Portable Jung, Penquin, 1971, the magic circle mandala on p. 382 with
reference to the "tractatus aureus...cum Scholiis Domminci Gnosii (1618), square with a circle of light and the four elements...)
                                            
                                                                      FLUX

                                  cause                       Quantity                    ground
                              (variation)
          SELF                                           transcendent                              CORE  

                                     conservation           Quality              purpose

FLUX         Free       individual            Separate          LAW                      Order              collective            Mixed                FLUX
                                                                     (FIXED)
                                      form                     Product                    effect (sameness)

COVERING   (Limit)                  measurement           (Statistics)   ASSEMBLY

                                action                    Probability                   development  

                                                                     FLUX  































Left Hemisphere of the Cerebrum, beginning in the center with Cerebral Association Areas to Striatum to Basal Ganglia to
Thalamus and Reticulate and Lower Brain
Beginning on the Left of the diagram with
Anterior Left Hemisphere, Cingulate, Frontal Lobe, Broca's Motor Area Central Sulcus, Somatosensory, Parietal , Temporal,
Occipital (See Antonio Damasio, The Feeling of What Happens, Harcourt, 1999, pp. 317 -335, Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind, U of
C, 1998,99,   . 14 thru 53, David E. Comings, MD, Tourette Syndrome and Human Behavior, Hope Press, 1990, pp 308 and 309)    
FLUX  vs LAW (FLUX vs FIXED)                                                                       (Lower Brain Energy to Upper Brain Information
Association)
SELF vs. ASSEMBLY (INFINITESIMAL/ CONCENTRATED vs. STATISTICS/ DISTRIBUTED) (Frontal Lobe Plans to Posterior
Senses)
CORE vs. COVERING (LIMITLESS vs. LIMIT)                                           (Right Hemisphere connections to Left Hemisphere
Particulars)

Quantity vs. Product                                                         Right Hemisphere Ungulate vs. Left Hemisphere Speech and Language  
Quality vs. Probability                                                      Right Hemisphere Frontal Lobe vs. Left Hemisphere Motor and Parietal Lobes
Separate vs. Mixed                                                          Left Hemisphere Frontal Lobe vs. Right Hemisphere Parietal, Occipital,
Temporal
Free vs. Order                                                                  Ungulate and Frontal Lobes vs. Right Hemisphere Motor and Parietal Lobes

cause vs. Effect  (variation vs. Sameness)                 Artemis (Diana) the Schizoid to Hestia (Vesta) the Dependent
development vs. Conservation                                      Aphrodite (Venus) the Borderline to Hera (Juno) the Paranoid
transcend vs. Measurement                                         Athena (Minerva) the Avoidant to Hermes (Mercury) the Histrionic
individual vs. collective                                                   Apollo the Sadistic (Narcissistic) to Demeter (Ceres) the Masochistic
form vs. ground                                                                Zeus (Jupiter) the Elitist, Amorist Narcissist to Poseidon (Neptune) a  
Schizotypal
action vs. purpose                                                           Ares (Mars) the Antisocial to Hephaestus (Vulcan) the Obsessive-Compulsive


































What if normal laws of science only work within the realm of the measurable?  What if the infinite CORE and the infinitesimal
SELF follow laws that utterly transcend what characterizes science, time that is eternal, space that is infinite, infinitesimal monad
selves that are utterly unique and governed by their own metaphysics and  timeless time external to all other systems?  If there is
a chance for that to take place, perhaps the cosmos generates it by structuring reality in polarities that press the unusual and the
distinct to the utter edge of metaphysical system.  Perhaps the shaman, the preacher, the saint, the seer, the prophet, the monk,
the yogi can see beyond what our scientific world, can see into this transcendent realm of the utterly beyond.  Is it possible?  Why
not? Why should reason speak to anything more than its own realm?  Why should there be nothing in this wide world for what
might lie beyond?  That is what the Poseidon and the Dionysus, the Athena and the Uranus with our cerebrum, that is what they
seem to say to us.  They tempt us to travel to the far beyond, beyond the edges of the familiar left hemisphere cerebral world.

Our Apollo may say no.  He may refuse to believe in any interpretations but those within the light of left hemisphere fact and public
discourse.  But, the Poseidon in us sails out on strange seas that wash through the darker regions at the edges of our myths.  
Yes, he is schizotypal!  But, Apollo is a sadist who gets pleasure from wrecking the fantastic ideas of others.  He loves to kill hope
with his arrows of false light.  Or so Artemis would say, basking in the pale moonlight of the midnight brain.

Our Hestia listens from her comfortable corner of our temporal lobes.  She would have us develop a dependent personality
disorder.  She would have us just listen and say Yes!  But, Hermes, her brother is the show off, the histrionic.  He loves his tricks
and smart remarks, speaking from his little corner of the frontal lobes that we call "Broca's Area," the place of speech.  But, it is
Zeus that would get us in trouble, he is the amorous narcissist, when he isn't playing elitist narcissist, Lord of the Mount Olympus
of the left hemisphere frontal lobes, seat of self consciousness.

He drives his mate, the more cautious inhibited areas of the frontal lobes, particularly the more mysterious ones in the Right
Hemisphere, he drives Hera into paranoia.  She tells us to be careful.  Her philosophy and morals are conservative.  The actions
of the right motor area and the supporting striatum, basal ganglia, the realm of the skillful Hephaestus, are also conservative,
even compulsive.  Even so, neighboring areas of the right frontal lobe, inhibited, avoidant as they may be, will manifest as Athena,
goddess of wisdom, of culture, even of the arts and learning.  She is not opposed to great tragic dramas as long as they support
the conservative power structures of the state.  Demeter, in her right parietal realm, is also a supporter of the greater
conservative, the traditional order, and she is willing to sacrifice for its support.  

To find the parts that support the strange and the unusual, you really have to follow her partner, sea going Poseidon, through the
right temporal lobes and down into the hippocampus and amygdala, the Ungulate area, limbic lobes, rhinencephalon, and basal
ganglia, here we approach the realm of Hades and his connections to the cycles of Persephone:  hypothalamus, and pituitary.
Hidden in these deep connections to the lower brain is Artemis, goddess of the wild, and Hecate, goddess of the mad side of the
Moon.

Our little model is far from perfect, but it is interesting.  It is fun to see how much juice you can squeeze from this sort of fruit.

Here is some fruit from Apollo and Hermes, in cooperation with Athena, Poseidon, Artemis, even Hestia and Aphrodite:
(the tone is very histrionic-borderline, but the sources are what is hidden beneath Artemis' schizoid shell.  My public Zeus
Hermes does not agree with these ideas at all.  The verse shows what some lunar patterns can turn up out of the depths of
cerebral memory and feeling)

Artifacts:                                                                          Little Flame                                                                 Physics

The artifacts of fate defy                                                Little flame of love's delight,                         Infinity and time divide
The splendor seen in open eye,                                 How you flicker through the night                The cosmos up like a dark hide,
The sounds that blare and display                             Of fear and fame and sparkling fire,           Hung out on galaxies to dry
The bright gold glory of the day                                   That burns the candle of desire,                  In the tanner's house that is the sky,
Grind their deep way through the heart                     That smokes with fright and fragile lust,     My life, my soul, are twisted round
Till the core is split apart,                                             The fading shimmers of fairy dust.       The thread of twine the Fates have found,
Shatter through the inner wood,                                                                                                       Blasted out of some hot star,
Undo the wonder, unwind the good,                         Toys                                                              Baked in a burning tar,
Justice broken, faith departs,                                                                                                           Of atoms stuck in gravity,    
With love's spent marvel, in funeral carts,                 Dark hollows in the depths of time       And the animal depravity,
Coffin on coffin, grow the pyres,                                  Fill with poets' broken rime,                   Of Darwin, Debussy, and the Moon,
Ashes of once happy times                                         Purple waters wash through space      Strained through the liver of a loon,
Flutter through now empty rimes,                               And carry verses in disgrace,             Physiologically spread out through space,
She and I once walked in night,                                  Words that shatter will not mend,     In an astronomer's museum case,
Where cold ghosts rustle deepest night.                  Sentences none will defend,             Of twirling gas and flying light,
                                                             Too bright, too dull, destroy them each,        Toppling the heaven into night,  
Youth                                                                                Burn and banish beyond reach,        That grinds the meaning to a brew,
                                                                   Make the prize too hard, too pure,           Worthless for all but the Devil's glue:
Sweet joy and a little time for love,                             Make the race so none endure,         To stick the holy to the strong,
The rain drips from high above.                                 That the King of Song shall reign       And pound the right down in the wrong!
Tears flow also from the eye,                                     Over a land of blood and pain,
Sometimes as watery as the sky,                              Poems that engulf the brain,                                 The Fields of Honor
Ah hold to what you can of light!                                 Bring the world their power and noise,
So soon with darkness and with night,                     ACADEMIC whistling toys!                   The fields of honor fill with flies
They close the door of life so tight,                                                                                               The silence is thick with lies,
You cannot force it with a fight!                                                 G  a  m  e  s                               The clowns will whisper in their sleep,
Nor gold nor pleading will avail,                The soccer games of whose to win        As the night grows ever thick and deep,
To unlock the gate of this ancient jail,      Provide a perfume for the sin,                  Spread the blackness on the bread,
Time will imprison the wild and free          We wish to hide, or bury deep,               Heavy with uranium and lead,  
and fate provides no sympathy,                 The promises we didn't keep,                  The sparks of bright that you might see,
So love and live and enjoy this pain,          The lust that brings the flesh to take,     Lack any form of harmony,
For you will never come again.                    And fondle, factor in the fake,                  But fear and anger at the sound,
                                             Desire and drive in anxious wait,                      That howls deep within the ground,                                 
Truth                                                               Rush through the trembling of the gate,  The Knight and Bishop have met the
King                                                                                     Of fragile form the world turns up,             with a ring,  Golden, shining, with the
light,     Deep truth is not like fact,                             Burning ashes in Satan's cup,                To the hungry lions' great
delight.                     Dissection leaves no corpse intact,           Of power, bright power that shines so far,       
To know all you need view the whole,        But fails to fix the soul's TAR,                                 Lament                                             
Not just the body, know the soul.                 That sticks us to a falling fate,
                                                  Ground in the teeth of the Devil's HATE!              The music of my heart is mad
Virtue                                                                                                                                             With songs so lovely and so sad,
                                                  Principles                                                                  I sing, I cry, I wake the dead
Run and roll around the sphere                                                                                           With the lust and craving of my head,                    
Till all opposites pull clear                  Virtue to virtue, side to side,                                 Oh please God that I might
cease!                         Of any fog or misty site,                            Each emerges from a ride,                            From this sweet torment
some cold peace!          That might obscure the greater right.        That rings its world with swirling lines,     To ease the swelling,
calm the pain,                                                                                                That the greater whole defines,                 Cool the fever in my
brain,
Partisan Victory                                                                                                                          Ah love, too long you linger where,   
                                         Debate                                                                   I feel old embers of despair,
So the splendor of the day,                                                                                                      That burn and crackle in the fire,
Made bright with light in every way,         It can emerge both true and false,                        Of ancient fervor and desire.
All the banners will display,                      From this skeptical mental waltz,                           
And every moment shall convey               Of Logic run through analytic fire,                          The Scientific Vision
The glory of the ruling line,                        Where smelters purify desire,          
That no reason can define,                       For truth and reason with no end,               The chemistry of thought made plain,
That no analysis defiles,                            Vectors run sweet but rarely bend,             Strung out on morphine and Novocain,
Or experiment, or proof, or trials.              Addicted to academic grace,                         The neuron sprouts a dendrite tree
                                               We measure every little pace,                      To gain laughs, tears, and sympathy,
The Last Battle:                                            Of Meaning in a dark decline,                      High on Coffee, drinking tea
                                                    For lost wisdom few define,                        Chemicals to help you see,
Sin is where the battles fought,               Gone beyond the line of right,                      Smell rules the frog pond of the brain,
Sin and lies, the rest is fraught                Trembling in the cosmic night.                    Drags it through the swamp of pain,
With controversy and despair,                                                                                            Roots in the mire of love,
It fills the heart and heats the air,                                                                                      And blames the madness on Heaven
above,           With fear and anger from a brain                                                                                        Poor Zeus and Yahweh, Allah too,
Made of Chemistry and pain,                                                                                            Take the blame for this ballyhoo,
Chemicals and atoms rule,                                                                                              Humans since Adam are but apes,
The saint, the madman, and the fool                                                                              And was so since Bacchus took to grapes,
Raise us high with mighty talk,                                                                                         Wine and women, song and fire,
Twittering birds that flap and flock,                                                                                   Gone wild with the adrenalin's desire,
Their hearts to beat at anxious pace,                                                                             The language of lust spelled out in power,  
As monsters win the moral race,                                                                                     Pulses of the blood-brain tower,
Humans swept up in the flow,                                                                                           Olympus looms high over all,
Of the Devil's mighty undertow,                                                                                         Till Zeus, till Odin, they will fall,
The great and glorious, each will fall!                                                                              Beneath the chemistry of fate,
HELL'S great torrent takes them all.                                                                                 Is the dopamine of love and
hate.                                      
                
My Hera wants to check the punctuation and begin revising the verse.  My Athena has second thoughts about the whole
operation.  My Apollo wants to do something that will get me away from the keyboard.  My Artemis is not happy with letting the
cover off of these feelings.  My Aphrodite wants to emote over them, Hermes wants to recite the lines. Zeus is planning some
new poems.  Zeus is concerned with the character of the poetry and the effect of publishing it on his status.  He is checking with
Hera about doing something that might be more impressive.  Hephaestus is trying to checkout the way the lines scan and Hestia
is listening, for him, to the sound of the words, the pattern of the music.  Poseidon is dreaming of new images.

Zeus and Hera remind me that the philosophy expressed above is not my basic view of things.  What ever is true, which ever
philosophic, political, or religious system you seek to explain things, a basic truth is that mass-energy is neither created nor
destroyed.  Since energy implies flux (Shiva) and neither created nor destroyed implies endless preservation (Vishnu), and since
an infinite flux makes the improbable, probable, you have the basis for the creative principle of existence (Brahma), the sequence
symbolized in the basic trinity of Hindu mythology (Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva).  Now improbable energy will decay to probable energy
according to the 2nd law of thermodynamics, you get the notion (See the BooK: Evolution is Entropy--I forget the names of the
authors, but it is a good read for those who understand a bit about evolution and thermodynamics) of energy dissipative
structures that compete with each other according to the principles of Darwinian Evolution (and its NeoDarwinian formulation of
mutant genes that form gene pools that recombine and generate adaptive mechanisms and phenotypes that are subjected to
natural selection and potential extinction).  The product of this is systems based set points maintained by feedback mechanisms
and input from internal and external measured states and systems that can monitor and analyze results and compare them to
set points to maintain homeostasis.  These systems are organized in higher and higher levels of organization.  Information
principles are weightless and are endless teased into existence by these flows of energy toward entropy.

The result is local problems and endless recycling of systems principles.  Locally things move toward decay and the probable,
ultimately, infinite flux endlessly recreates the improbable and the improbable endlessly spins out the miraculous wonder of
systems principles and systems organization.  So within this endless one, the Neoplatonic "HEN," systems principles are
endlessly emerging and exposing the "NOUS," the systems mind potential endlessly present as a possibility in all things.
The great evolutionary biologist, Bernhard Rensch, reminds us in his "Evolution Above the Species Level," that this means
empirical facts (laws of correspondence) and mathematical principles (laws of coherence) as well as phenomenology and
mental phenomena (laws of parallelisms, epiphenomena).  Mind emerges as an internal quality of organized form and feeling
as an internal quality of organized energy and motion.  James P. Carse (Finite and Infinite Games) reminds us that the infinite
games finally win out over the finite games.  Locally everything decays, the finite games imply suffering and losing.  But, the
infinite game trumps all.  In the long run, Win-Win triumphs over Win-Lose and Lose-Lose, compassion and love triumph over
hate.

Hate and ingratitude blind the mind to the larger picture, prevent absorbing information necessary for the larger view.  Since my
ultimate nature is endlessly conserved energy and endlessly conserved information potential, the principles of what I am, my true
core will endless triumph in the infinite game, in spite of temporary extinctions, temporary decay toward entropy.  Thus, I should
not fear death, aging, loss.  My fear of these will drive me toward self-pity, eventually anger, finally hate, will drive me to play a finite
game for local gain.  But any Win-Lose ultimately brings Lose-Lose.  Those who finally win choose the Win-Win, the infinite
game, the only game that is sure to triumph.  This is what Einstein and Newton did when the dared to look for the larger
principles at work in the local system.  This choice of infinite wonder over local fear and local superstition is the ultimate key to
the miracle of science.

Endlessly, the Shiva-Vishnu principle of energy generates the creative Brahma improbable.  Eventually, the thermodynamic decay
of that improbable.  Thus, the Neoplatonic notion of the HEN (One) as the infinite game that generates NOUS (mind, information
principles, systems principles).  Eventually, that mind will generate sentient beings, and eventually sentient beings that are able
to know themselves, thus PNEUMA (Soul, or phenomenological being from within, organizing from within).  This is the anthropic
notion that complements the infinite flux generation notion and explains the emergence of cognitively reasonable worlds,
rationally organized worlds that can be understood and can support the integration of mind, emotion, and aesthetic experience.  
Thus, I should not fear death, I should not fear the death of my species, my planet, my universe.  All of it is simply an expression
of the infinite game and as endlessly supportive of regeneration as my own daily regeneration of my life following sleep and
dreams.
Pain and suffering are creatures of the finite game, of local attempts to win over others.

Look at the following references: For the layout of the brain, Rita Carter, Mapping the Mind, University of California Press,
1998.1999
anterior cingulate, p. 23, Broca's p. 182, p. 189,  attention, p. 187, p. 189 central executive,  p. 189 visual-spacial, p. 166
hippocampus, p. 194 (Artemis as slow wave sleep), p. 194 (Dreaming, Neptune).  See self-correcting systems in p. 315 to 317,
in Gregory Bateson, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, See Helena Curtus, N. Sue Barnes, Biology, 5th Ed, Worth, 1989, role of
mutations p. 98, of recomination pp. 274 -275, 276-277, 326, isolation of populations, 1011, 1087 -1094, See  Theodosius
Dobzhansky, 3rd Ed, revised, Genetics and the Origin of Species, Columbia, 1951, p/ 277 adaptive peaks, ideal, set point,
mutation, extinction, gene pools, p 277-278, See Carl Jung, in Joseph Campbell, The Portable Jung, Penguin, 1971, see 324 -
455, see chart on 382, see xxviii in introduction, see association of gods with personality on pp. 412, 413, see transition from
trinity to quaternary  on p. 415,  See Erich Fromm, Man for Himself, Fawcett Premier, 1947, pp. 47 -122, p. 59 -60, See Brooks and
Wiley, Evolution as Entropy, Chicago, 1989, pp. 65,  116 -117, 132 -203, see Daniel C. Dennett, Darwin's Dangerous Idea, Simon
& Schuster, 1995, pp. 335 - 493,  refer also to Daniel J. Siegel, MD, and Mary Hartzell, Med, Parenting from the Inside Out, Jeremy
P. Tracher/Penguin, 2004, see development of the brain pp. 171 - 184, for the systems notion of the world, see Ervin Laslo, The
Systems View of the World, George Brazillier, 1972, for the relationship of this to complexity theory, see Roger Lewin, Complexity,
Macmillan, 1992, for the development of this in respect to mind mapping, refer to Charles Hampten-Turner, Maps of the Mind,
Macmillan-Collier, 1981, 1982, see also various references to personality disorders, DSM-III, IV, IVrevised, Beck, Freeman and
Associates, Cognitive Therapy of Personality Disorders, Gulford Pess, 1990, Theodore Millon, et. al., Personality Disorders in
Modern Life, 2nd Ed, Wiley, 2000, 2004.

For the Evolutionary Theory, Sol Tax, ed., Evolution After Darwin, virtually the entire contents of Volume I,  The Evolution of Life, U of
Chicago, 1960, thus, Huxley, Shapley, Rensch,  Simpson, Ford, Stebbins, Axelrod, Emerson, Mayr, Waddington, Dobzhansky, and
Wright, For the geometry of the layout shown above, R. Buckminster Fuller, Synergetics 2, Macmillan, 1979, particularly the charts
after page 360.
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