Cerebral cortex; cerebral hemispheres; cognitive therapy; frontal lobe; hippocampus; hypothalamus; limbic system; neurons; neurotransmitters; R-complex ... et al, and ad nauseum. That our modern-day academic and scientific culture is brain-centric is evident in much of its highbrow and technical jargon.
What a delightful read Paul Pearsall’s “The Heart’s Code” (1999) is!
Although its sub-theme has to do with heart transplants and some of the unusual effects these can have on recipients, primarily the book is filled with pondersome profundities that attempt to elevate readers to a higher level of love and human understanding. In that regard, “The Heart's Code” is exceptionally pithy – a monumental publication teeming with high-souled insights.
Primarily, it describes persons that have been positively transformed by their life-changing experience of having received a heart from a donor, but in the greater context it may apply to anyone of us willing to be uplifted and to live life in a more spiritually enlightened, heartfelt manner.
Such talk may sound like mushy gobbledegook when there is absolutely nothing of the sort, here. Moreover, as far as the more fantastical accounts that Mr. Pearsall relates involving the odd effects of some of these transplants (a few quite risible), the author cautions that his findings could be perceived by others as a means to treat this subject matter in a sensationalistic, tabloid-like style, whereas what he provides are the results of his own serious research.
Three things about heart transplants one learns that I personally found quite interesting...
- Recipients take time to acclimate to their new organ
- Many heart-transplant recipients experience dramatic changes in their personality, interests, tastes in food and clothing, and even dreams
- Remarkably, some heart-transplant recipients receive a whole new set of cellular memories
One may thus wonder whether heart-transplant recipients (the ones who experience profound changes in their being), somehow receive the essense, whether entirely or in part, of their donor?
No matter where you turn brain-centrism and cerebral-speak predominates discourse and within topics of educational discussion. I think of computers and other technological gadgetry which are products of cerebral doings and often designed for activities with the brain in mind. Even within mystical and arcane schools of learning, the mind (as in areas such as psychokinesis, telepathy, remote viewing) is treated as if more important than high-mindedness and humane sensitivities. It is what makes “The Heart’s Code” a truly fascinating and refreshing read in our primarily ego-driven age, in that it places its emphasis upon the figurative heart in a world that values ego and I.Q. above all else.