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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

The Information Super Highway and the Human Soma

      I compare "the information super highway" with the nervous system in the human soma.  Just as the nervous system is capable of delivering fast messages across the organism, the information super highway is capable of delivering fast information across the planet.  The two branches of the human nervous system have two functions that can also be serviced for humanity through a computer network.  The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for regulating the body's automatic functions such as breathing and heart rate.  A computer network can be capable of regulating automatic functions for humanity such as the manufacture and distribution of goods.  The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for quick responses to danger in the fight-or-flight reaction.  In animals, it helps them to find their territory.  A computer information network can help us as individuals "find our territory."  This will be an intellectual understanding of our identity that is aligned with our bodies needs--a somatic reality.  This will allow us as human beings to use the talents and skills that support our passions in such a way that works for the betterment of all humanity.  In finding our territory, we can spend time reacting to the less immediate threats to homeostasis regulated by the endocrine system.  These are often a source for pleasure.  Once living from an internal authority, the human soma will always be sensitive enough to its own needs, based on proprioceptive awareness, to know what action it must take to return to homeostasis.  In this way, the human soma will be able to organize itself and its culture in such a way that is the most healthy for all of humanity.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John. F. Kennedy University:  Final Integrative Project., Mar1996.)


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