What do Neurons teach us about who God is? Can they help us know him better?
Defn - A neuron (pronounced /?nj??r?n/ N(Y)OOR-on, also known as a neurone or nerve cell) is an electrically excitable cell that processes and transmits information by electrical and chemical signaling.
The glory of God is a human being fully alive.
Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law? Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Matthew 22:36-39, TNIV
I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn't bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken. Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can't bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can't bear fruit unless you are joined with me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you're joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can't produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is?when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples.
Jesus in John 15:1-8, TNIV
Introduction video clip; Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran outlines the fascinating functions of mirror neurons. Only recently discovered, these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors, some of which formed the foundations of human civilization as we know it.
TED talks ted.com/talks/lang/eng/vs_ramachandran_the_neurons_that_shaped_civilization.html
Drawings by Santiago Ram'n y Cajal.
Cajal provided us with some of the first views of brain cells. He used the Golgi staining method to see individual neurons and drew them by hand, about 100 years ago, peering through his optical microscope. He even had the foresight to suggest the flow of information through neurons from axons to dendrites. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Camillo Golgi, in 1906 for such work.