Heaven, and hell, they both shimmer in the neural universe behind our eyes—in the electrochemical flower we inherited in three parts. High in the blossom sparkles transcendence of miseries humans inflict upon the entire biosphere; down in the stem lurk thorns of greater misery.
But first, a basic introduction to the brains:
Also called the limbic system because it resembles canine hind limbs sprawled crookedly over the reptilian structures, the mammalian brain links our reptile brain with the more advanced structures. We share the limbic system with all other mammals. Opening a new horizon of humane conscious behavior, it gives us the power of feeling, as opposed to simply reacting. Complex care of young, and other behaviors not so purely instinctual flow from the limbic system; so do primal urges and powerful emotions that ensure self-preservation, such as terror, rage, sexual desire, hunger...and even more complex emotions such as love, compassion, empathy, envy, indignation and hope.
The neocortex. The thinking brain, seat of perception, center of the “soul”. Voluntary movement begins here, and integration of all sensory inputs. We share the neocortex only with higher apes, ours being more advanced. By far the largest brain, completely encompassing the limbic system, the neocortex is our path to words and symbols, logic and time, abstract thought...and magic such as Tesla’s....
Tesla’s story is a powerful example of the human and mammalian brains versus the reptile brain—of advanced intelligence and common good versus private accumulation, aggression and the will to power.
Regarding what Tesla said of energy from the vacuum of space, specifically: “Electric power is everywhere, present in unlimited quantities and can drive the world’s machinery without the need of coal, oil, gas or any other fuels”, Trombly noted further that if Tesla’s vision had prevailed, we would be dipping into clean and abundant energy, like taking water from the well of space.
Tesla wrote: “Science is but a perversion of itself unless it has as its ultimate goal the betterment of humanity....”