By D. N. Mackenzie
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Predicting with certainty whether the frequency of an action potential will be replicated exactly, increased, reduced, or delayed is virtually impossible. If we also include in this picture the bewildering variety of neurons and their staggering numbers, it is easy to appreciate why our mental life seems fluid, subtle, and unpredictable. " But these analogies are bogus. Communication within the staggering complexity of neurons in a human brain is very different from that of digital computers, and neuronal patterns are not software programs that rigorously legislate over thoughts and behaviors.
Upright posture also led to the repositioning of female sexual anatomy to enhance face-to-face coitus. Human females have a downward-tilting vagina, as opposed to the backward oriented vulva of primates. This makes face-to-face coitus more comfortable, and allows the male pelvic bone to rub against and more effectively stimulate the clitoris. While orangutans, pygmy chimps, and gorillas occasionally have intercourse facing one another, there is nothing in their sexual anatomy that makes this position more pleasurable or easier to assume.
When a child is eight to ten months old, it will begin to babble, or to utter syllables in an apparently meaningless fashion. 4 At about age six or seven, the mechanisms that have evolved to assimilate language begin to shut down, and the neuronal organization associated with language use becomes far less malleable. LANGUAGE, SYMBOLIC UNIVERSES, AND SEXUAL POLITICS When our ancestors began to construct reality based on the complex symbol system of language, they did not merely acquire a tool that allowed experience to be coordinated in vastly more efficient ways.