In 2002, a schoolteacher with previously normal sexual desire began experiencing sexual desires that he was not used to. He began looking at child pornography and engaging in sexual activity that was not common to him before this point. Little did he know, he had an egg-shaped tumor in the orb frontal cortex of his brain, and when he had the tumor removed his sexual desires stopped. A little while later the desires reappeared, so he went back to the doctor’s office. Lo and behold, the tumor had returned to the same region of his brain.
When a child is sexually abused their brain shuts down the memories of abuse. Depending on how much the event affects them, their brain will close down access to the memories until . Their brain will instill self-protective behaviors in them until they are consciously ready to face the events, which is often triggered by some form of flashback, dream, or memory that is brought up by something they are living and are presently aware of.
What neuroscience tells us is that there are things that get in the way of our lives that change the way we consciously face life. We only have conscious control of around 80% of our brain. So while we are thinking certain things in this moment, chances are our brain has already been working on that thought for days, and maybe even weeks.
Do you think human beings have free will? Do you think God wired our brains this way for a certain purpose?