Friday, June 9, 2017

Two Simple Rules Govern Goal-Oriented Motor Learning in the Brain. How Do I Know This? Part II

Abstract

In Part I of this three-part article, I identified the message to the Church of Thyatira in the Book of Revelation as a metaphorical description of the brain's motor control and motivation system. I explained that Revelation uses the historical and Biblical figure, Jezebel, to symbolize the connection making mechanism of the motor learning system of the brain. Below, I reveal the two rules used by the brain to test the connections. One is symbolized by fornication and the other by eating things sacrificed unto idols.

Fornication: Motor Conflict

In Mosaic law, fornication, aka adultery, means having relations with a woman who is already married to someone else. In Revelation's symbolic language, it signifies a motor conflict. A motor conflict is a contradictory or inconsistent motor command signal. It occurs when an actuator (e.g., a muscle) receives a motor command signal to do something that it is already doing. It follows that there are two kinds of motor conflicts as follows:
  1. A motor conflict occurs if an already stopped actuator receives a signal to stop.
  2. A motor conflict occurs if an already started actuator receives a signal to start.
This almost seems trivial but do not be fooled. Its power is in its simplicity. Without a quick rule to eliminate motor conflicts, it would be impossible for the brain to learn smooth and coordinated motor behavior.

Eating Meat Sacrificed Unto Idols: Pursuing the Wrong Goal

Idolatry is the act of serving gods other than Yahweh. In ancient Israel, the duties of the temple priests included eating portions of the meat from the animals sacrificed to Yahweh. When Jezebel married King Ahab of Israel and became queen, she convinced the temple priests to engage in ritual fornication and to eat meat sacrificed to the ancient Sumerian god Baal and the goddess Asherah. In the symbology of the book of Revelation, serving a foreign god is a metaphor for pursuing the wrong goal.

Coming Next

Goal-oriented behavior would obviously be impossible without goals. In other words, goals must exist in memory before the brain can seek them. But what is a goal? And how does the motor system determine whether or not a motor command achieved its goal? The answers to these important questions can be found in chapter 3 of the Book of Zechariah. This will be the topic of Part III of this article.

See Also:

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200 Million Horsemen and the Corpus Callosum

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