Biology of Belief

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GROWTH, PROTECTION AND THE HUMAN MIND

A number of individuals today still think that humans cease to grow at some point in their lifetime especially during the phase where we begin to leave the active youthful age group. As Lipton mentions in the Biology of Belief, humans reach a point in their lifetime when their height literally stops to increase “(Lipton 145) and that’s probably the reason why many of us today tend to think that elderly people do not experience any growth of any kind. However, biological knowledge has proven to us that growth does not stop to take place in a body until it is no longer in existence. To support this, Lipton mentions earlier in chapter six that billions of cells in our bodies wear out everyday and that replacement of these worn out cells is a process that continues to take place in order for the body to survive “(145). As evolution continues to take place, more and more survival mechanisms are being revealed to us. In the past generations and centuries, there was very little knowledge about growth and protective techniques probably because technology was still lying in the shadows and also because there were not as many illnesses and dangers imposed on human life as there are today. But

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now we are able to employ different intellectual methods of growth and protection in order to survive because of intensive research and the incredible developments in technology.

The nervous system of the human body is most likely the most sensitive of all systems. This is so because it is comprised of organs that are responsible for critical decision making in the body like the spinal code and the brain which are the two parts of the body that make up the central nervous system.…...

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