Thinking -- the Logic of our Brains
Communication between two people can be difficult enough, at times. But when the two do not seem to be interacting on the same wavelength, communication can break down totally. Yes, it can seem next to impossible to make sense out of what another is saying when the person you are speaking with is not thinking rationally (or so you have concluded). Have you ever heard or said any of the following statements?
- “But if you look at it logically, it’s so obvious!”
- “You are the most illogical person I know!”
- “You are making absolutely no sense to me!”
- “Logically speaking, this is the only way!”
- “Use your head – be logical!”
- “Men are more logical than women.”
So what does logical, rational thinking look like? Are the cogs and wheels inside your head turning clockwise or counter-clockwise? Are the pistons firing on all six cylinders or not? We may laugh at such metaphorical descriptions because we tend to assume that “thinking” is non-corporal in nature, that is, non-physical.
However, science is busy studying the brain and its role in the thinking process. Quite frankly, a spiritual being living in a human body can not think without a brain. From birth, within an infant’s brain, neurological pathways are being developed. But no two brains are evolving in exactly the same way.
Is it possible, then, that each human being is thinking logically and rationally, in accordance with the particular development of his or her brain? Could it be that the specific ways in which one brain is routed will procure a logic that varies from that of another? On what basis would you conclude that your thinking is more rational than another’s?
Both liberals and conservatives think logically and rationally. Each of the 33,820 Christian denominations adheres to their rationally drawn conclusions. One person’s room may be well kept and orderly. Yet, another person knows just where to find each item in a “disorganized mess”.
Rather than claim another person is not being logical, consider his or her logic as being uniquely their own. How would this alter your relationship and the communication between the two of you? For conversations to work, we must understand the differences in our logic. “You shall know them by their fruits.” (not their logic or the lack thereof).
Authored by Reverend Virgil Brewer at Unity Chapel
May 1, 2009