How our Brain comprehends God?
To begin with, I want to set the record straight. This blog is not a theological discussion of whether God exists or not. This blog is all about how our brain makes sense out of all these.
Before getting into this, let us discuss how our brain comprehends things. We know from research, our brain, which constitutes 2% of body mass, consumes 20% of the calories. Our brain consumes a disproportionate amount of energy for the cognitive workload.
It has always been evolutionary pressure to conserve energy, and our brain finds ways to keep cognitive energy consumption low. It came up with shortcuts called heuristic, which uses simple rules and patterns to make quick judgments. This fascinating hack helps navigate through 99% of daily day-to-day routines, with less energy.
In his book Thinking fast and slow, Daniel Kahneman says our brain has two systems called intuition and slow thinking. He divides this into two systems. System 1 operates intuitively and automatically, and it is to think fast, like when we drive a car or recall our age in conversation. Meanwhile, System 2 uses problem-solving and concentration. System 1 consumes less energy than System 2.
Solving complicated problems takes mental work, so our brain cuts corners when we’re tired or stressed. Our brain uses a mechanism called heuristic to solve a problem fast.
Kahneman adds, our System 1 is gullible and biased, whereas our System 2 is doubting and questioning. However, both system is needed for our value and belief systems.
Now, let us take the case of our age-old existential questions,
Who are we? where do we come from? What is the purpose in life?.
These are very profound questions, and there are no easy answers. We have been contemplating these questions for thousands of years and trying to answer “meaning in life.” This is an inherent pivotal question a human needs to answer to continue with meaningless day-to-day chores.
What is the best way to solve this problem? We convince our brain to have a hypothetical answer to it. We convince someone or something out there for all the existential questions and carry on with day-to-day chores. It gives a mental conclusion and helps us conserve energy for questions, which don’t have any answers.
We can train our brain, God can be anything. It can be an entity, human, elephant, cat, or cow. Our brain can be convinced God can be air, space, fire, or even unicorn.
Another maxim from Danial
A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth. Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.
No wonder, all the religious texts are about repetitiveness.
To conclude, this blog is not about the existence of God or who God is. The honest answer may be, we don’t know, we may not know, in this lifetime or next. But our brain found a way to keep a sense of equilibrium and get on with the play.