So yeah I took a behavioral neuroscience class. I know all about action potentials and sodium/potassium pumps. You know how they took a giant squid and gave it an electric shock, to see at what voltages what channels open up and what ions transfer. But when I naturally make the decision to move my arm, where does that electric shock originate naturally in the body? What is this stimulus that prompts the sodium channels to open up and an action potential to occur?
I think what you’re talking about is an act of God. I mean I’ve always thought of the human brain as a hard drive for a computer. Certain parts of the hard drive are associated with certain features(body parts/organs/personality traits). Granted the source for the electrical energy in the computer is different than the source for those channels in your body. Modern medicine would simply say it’s “chemistry”. Each element has a certain electrical charge and your digestive system breaks food down into those basic elements blah blah blah. This still doesn’t answer the question of what the source was. This hard drive had to get started somehow.
The immediate answer would be “your mother.” No pun intended. You started off as a single celled organism feeding off the energy of your host and multiplying. (Wow when you think about it kids are literally almost like parasites.) Your mother got the energy from her mother and so on but still, there’s no satisfactory originating source. I personally find it hard to believe that somehow life just so happened to begin. It certainly sounds convenient considering how long there have been living organisms on earth. However, I feel there had to be something to put that energy there, that spark of life couldn’t have simply occurred as if it were a bolt of lightning. No, divine intervention is something I could never rule out. Something so magnificent that it exists outside of space and time. As do our souls.
Our life force, if you will, flows through channels in our body like electricity flows through a hard drive and with that combination we are able to view content which is both intangible and eternal so long as the hardware is functioning properly. It’s almost like your dreams, wouldn’t you say? There are all these chemical reactions happening in your brain-which is just another way of saying electrical discharge-funneling through these pathways including the ones in the part of your brain associated with vision(excuse my ignorance of the medical term) and then that creates a visual representation. It’s not just random either. There’s a purpose to it like there’s a purpose to using a computer, however minute or important.
Although we’ve come a long way from the cocaine induced ideations of Freud, most mental health specialists will admit to a significance of dreams. Not necessarily one which has a mystical significance but they view it as a reflection of your psyche. A combination of your micro and macro schema. What you did that day and what it means to you or reminds you of. This is why psychiatrists ask you about recurring dreams and nightmares. They may be abstract and intangible but they still exist. Those trains of thought are the programs, the software which runs on your hard drive, the way you’ve been taught to think through life experiences.
My point is, physical science has the disadvantage of not being able to explain the miracle of life. It essentially views all humans as nearly identical organisms like cattle or meerkats. That spark you’re asking about? That’s the part of you that isn’t able to be measured(yet?). It’s your soul surge. The part which exists outside of space and time and which we now can only inexplicably say just “is.” Which is why I say what you’re talking about is an act of god. It’s way too elusive to be tested, proven and explained. I believe as humans we are never going to know everything and least of all the source of conscious awareness. I mean we all have a built up source of energy from the Sinoatrial nodes in our heart but that’s just the charge, not the means in which that charge is utilized.