So now in summary of all of this we'll find in these three different brain structures, three different blocks of capacities, behaviors, and intelligences which are designed to open at their respective periods in the natural, common sense, hierarchy of development of the system in the first place. Do you follow that?
And the real necessity of providing the child with the appropriate environment and the appropriate models for each of these periods and honoring nature's agenda. In the developing of these -- our knowledge of these three brain systems and their unfolding for development at respective periods we'll find that as the later stages awaken and unfold for their expression and their focus of development that they'll incorporate the lower structures into their service and profoundly change the lower structures. Does that make any sense?
Let me go through that again. The emotional - cognitive system which we share with all mammals so long as its simply in sync with this reptilian brain itself reward systems are purely reptilian, within the physical system. All my rewards are physical, you know if I can't eat it, drink it or make love with it what use is it? And that's perfectly reasonable for an emotional reward system locked into its identity and serving the physical system as it does.
Now, as we develop the great neocortex, this will incorporate the reward system into its own pursuits and this will profoundly change the reward system and profoundly change in turn the kinds of rewards we're seeking. So we find that as nature adds each of these systems, the higher system transforms the nature of the lower system into its own nature. You know the first person to say that was Meister Eckhart about six centuries ago. He said when the higher incorporates the lower into its service it changes the nature of the lower into that of the higher. This is evolution. This is what the whole game is all about, to incorporate the lower structure into higher structure and change the nature of the lower according to a much higher level of civilization, quality of life, capacity, open up whole new universes and so forth.
The tragedy becomes when the psychic structure remains I am embedded in the lower structure and that shift or transformation of the lower into the higher does not take place. Then we get into trouble. That trouble is exhibited in the book by Ken Magid, called High Risk, children without a conscience. All of a sudden we seem to -- not all of a sudden it's been happening all throughout history but never on a large scale like in the present, a group of children who display absolutely no compassion, no ability to understand the feelings of another person. And this is because, through a whole series of events and recent phenomena that have no historical precedent in the genetic system at all, our children and more and more of them each year, are locked into it's not a willful thing on their part -- their psychic structure, their sense of awareness or ego remaining locked into its total identity with the R-system.
With the maintenance system with its drive for food, territory, sexuality, so that when -- and very little modification by the higher structure, which makes a qualitative evaluation of it, you see, very little modification, and almost no modification of the higher intellectual system that can stand objective to the whole process. Look at it from awe reasonable stand point and modify our own behaviors accordingly. They don't have that available to them. So we can't accuse them of morale failure. This is a biological break down, you see.
The first thing we have to do in looking at our current crisis of childhood is to get rid of the words morality or ethics or any of these judgmental things and look coldly at what is happening to this biological system. To keep these children locked into an identity pattern that simply moves without emotion or without intellectual reflection for immediate gratification of the lowest maintenance system drives. Is that making any sense to you?
And from that then we have this, that the child is locked into a defense system because our defense system is this lower maintenance system. That's the one that worries about a hostile world out there and tries to close into a position that can be defended. The opposite to it of course, is a system that looks at the whole universe as something to be embraced, brought in and absorbed and become greater and greater and greater moving on up into these neural structures. And what is the difference? The difference is in the model imperative, the nature of the physical environment given that child to a great extent.
We have the work of Miles Storpher and his geneticists in New York City. Miles points out that heredity accounts for about 65 percent of a young person’s capacity, intellect, intelligence, abilities, but the 35 percent furnished by the environment determines whether or not the 65 percent gets any chance to unfold. So we find if the child is given both the genetic inheritance that's productive in opening up, and an environment and a model that helps that child in opening up, you've got a hundred percent success. If the child is born with a tremendous predisposition towards an intelligence and capacity and ability, but unfortunately the 35 percent environment which is detrimental, he can overcome it. She can overcome the limitations of the environment but it takes an awful lot of work and it's bought at a real price. And the child who both has a poor genetic inheritance of ability and then a very poor environment stands very little chance of success.
What has happened to us in the past 50 years particularly, World War II is the watershed, is a severe polarization and split of what should be complimentary forces.
In physics they speak of complimentary energy, that each is necessary to the other and yet they're so different. -- We speak of the wave fields that give rise to the particles of energy that go together to make up molecules and atoms and all that kind of thing. These wave fields and the particles they give rise to are totally different states. The wave fields are non-localized, the particles are localized and yet each is absolutely necessary to the other. Without a wave field you've got no particle. Without a particle the wave field has no expression and we don't even know it's there. And so they are complimentary forces. Totally different, absolutely interdependent on each other. Do you follow that? The same thing with the intelligence of the heart and the intellect of the brain. They're totally different processes designed by evolution for different things.
The one to maintain in wholeness, completeness and unity, and integration and protect the continuity of life and earth and species. Moving only for that which is beneficial. The other intellect driven compelled has no control over it. I ask why take everything apart and move into the unknown and the two of these and their perfect balance then do what? Make sure that we move we move into what is possible.
We also ask is it appropriate. So that we could -- it would be impossible for us to dump a hundred million tons of violent toxic waste on our own nest every year and all the rest. It would be impossible and yet we would be opening up to new worlds all the time and completing what evolution has designed for us.
So that polarity between the male intellect and the female intelligence which we all have within us is a big subject in this day and time. Where did this polarity come from, how did it happen to us that we have male and female literally at war with each other, lots of sexual dysfunction’s and of all these things happening. We'll talk about the recent phenomena that never existed before in evolutionary history we've brought about intellectually that are profoundly breaking down this complimentary between them. And we speak of the open ended potential of the human being, open-ended, understand that here in this neural structure we have a hundred -- an estimated hundred billion neurons.....in the average adult mind. That's a lot. I'm not going to put it all up there. You'll get all mixed up.
A hundred billion of them. Each neuron able to connect with at least 10,000 others forming fields of activity. Some neurons able to connect with a hundred thousand others, long axons from neurons that go on and connect a field of activity that has a specialty for instance let's make a cartoon of it and say in the phoneme name field here's a field of neurons that handles ma or let's say handles the letter A. Now in is ridiculous. I'm making a cartoon of a highly complex thing and simplifying it. Here's a field of neurons that handles A. Got it? Okay.
Now it's connected with every other neural field of the brain. How many other words can this -- how many words can this lend itself to? An infinite number. There is no end of number of words that it could ever lend itself to.
The same thing with all the neural fields, what we call the sensory maps of the brain. They find that the whole sensory system, our sense of smell, taste, touch, feel all those things are representative, are translated into experience through precise neural fields. You can destroy one of these neural fields that might be about the size of a pin head and there's a hole in our physical world, a hole in our vision or destroy one little tiny group of cells of say a million and there will be a hole in our speech, one whole category of speech will disappear. This has all been quite well-known. I mean I'm not hypothesizing here.
So these neural fields connected links of anywhere from a hundred thousand to a million of these neurons that have a specialty. They do a certain job. But they can lend that specialty to all the other neural fields and change continually. As the overall context requires. At the same time producing their own specialty. They can operate on many levels at the same time. That's the awesome quality of these neural fields of the brain.
So here we have this infinitely open capacity for structures of knowledge building these patterns for translating for possibility into our own immediate awareness. Mozart who did all his work in his head, he never worked anything out on paper, he would have a great idea, perceive the whole idea in a single flash but then he would go for weeks working it all out in his head. And he would say no one knows how hard I have to work to figure all this out, to translate practice that single instant into this 45 minute experience.
And when he started finally to put it down on paper he would have his wife read stories to him to occupy that ego intellect and all of its interests while it, his great musical intelligence which he had developed from age 4 on, could take over freely, unhindered by his little personality or anything and it would then do it. Does this mean he's just an (inaudible) just to dictate taking down from some -- no one knows he said how hard I have to work to get to that point.
So we have this business of the independent intelligences and we access them through a long discipline. We learn to do what, to allow the intelligences to kinds of to breed us and then you have this perfect dynamic going. So these fields of intelligence and the unfolding of them according to nature's agenda and the brain growth spirts that unfold at the same time and the critical necessity that we honor the agenda and provide the appropriate model imperative for each of those. And the fact that the ego structure is embedded in each of these states until it’s completed and we can move the ego structure into the next state. And the tragedy of ego getting stuck in the structure because it's never completed because we're trying to do too many other things at the same time or we fail to provide the appropriate model imperative.