A desensitised brain is halfway in the afterlife
Bible, Romans 2:29
Where sensitivity ends guesswork begins. Lack of required information prompts abstract reasoning. Conjecturing what lies beyond senses fills one with a sense of awe. Thinking of what is unknown stimulates intuition, fantasy, devotion, divination, piety and superstition that religions readily utilize. Man circumcises, insinuates the Bible, and then God fills his heart with godliness in return. The modern reading of these wise words simply asserts that circumcision disposes to religiousness. Actually, paedocircumcision was designed to facilitate its implanting.
Perception is a more or less direct continuation of the sensorial input. Thinking consists in processinginformation coming from prearranged sets of receptors. Normally people do not test the limits of their senses but keep within their scope. Essentially, conclusions based on sensorial information tend to be pragmatic and realistic.
Regular intact sensitivity relies on verifiable sensations. It uses tangible clues and thinks in specific terms. The reasoning it supports tends to use synthesis and induction, and the generalizations it builds depend on experience and are flexible. The thinking based on intact sensitivity tends to be concrete, self-reliant and independent of abstract concepts. It resorts to abstractions only when it needs to peep beyond senses as when generalizing or trying to penetrate future. Intact sensitivity disposes reasoning to naturalistic philosophy and sciences.
Conversely, deficient sensitivity stimulates inference and conjecture. It tends to make thinking intuitive, conceptual, abstract, cerebral and dogmatic. Deficient sensitivity robs of experience and disposes thinking to beliefs. It makes people susceptible to simplifications, generalizations and religious mythology especially to abstract monotheism.
In a dark room words are things
Daniel Kish: Blind Vision
Reduced sensitivity restricts the informational input but not the brain potential prepared to receive and process it. After the brain is deprived of sensory input it begins to reconstruct the missing data from the available information. The replaced information is a brain-generated deduction that lacks direct sensory feedback. Inferences enforced by informational deficit are only partially confirmed by senses. Their verification mostly relies on unspecific substitutional sensations or on intellectual concepts. The simulated data is conceptual rather than factual. Still, it incorporates in perception as a fact.
Sensorial deficit produces informational vacuum and brings up questions that cannot be empirically answered. It automatically triggers a process of mythmaking. Reduced sensitivity inclines reasoning to analysis, deduction and abstraction that cannot be verified directly by the senses. It leaves the confirmation of the enforced generalizations to other senses, perceptions or convictions.
Informational deficit makes thinking more dependent on internal clues and ideas. It tends to moralize instead of to rationalize things. Sensorial deficit stimulates the development of conceptual thinking and guesstimating. It disposes people to introversion and makes them more reliant on conjectures and beliefs.
In conditions of a sensorial blackout ideas easily replace sensations and words readily become truths. Sensorial deprivation makes abstractions appear realistic. In a dark room ideas become things.
Insufficient sensitivity stimulates alternative cognition. But intuitive perception lacks distinctness. Whether intuition directly describes actuality or thinks it up it is unclear. Sensorial deficit inclines the mind to awe of the unknown and divination. It increases the importance of the unknown, fuels superstition and belief in invisible reality and inspires piousness. Vagueness makes knowledge unreliable irrespective of whether it is a result of direct perception of truth or of its falsification.
In the long run the sensorial deprivation caused by paedocircumcision facilitates the invention of abstract realms. Somehow or other the long-term effects of the practice tend to mythologize actuality. The affinity of the circumcising ethnoses for abstract monotheism confirms that traditional paedocircumcision favours nonconcrete religious reasoning. It is a historical fact that the origin and spreading of paedocircumcision parallel those of the monotheism which is the greater religious abstraction of all times.
Displeasure pushes to paradise: how circumcision created the Abrahamics’ world
Reduced sensitivity and informational deficit result in a simplified, less detailed image of reality. Such is, for instance, the picture that blind people create about their surroundings. Inevitably their perception of reality is less concrete and lacks details compared to that of seeing people and is more general and hence abstract.
The structure of nervous system is prearranged. Regardless of the completeness of the information that the brain receives from external senses it tries to form a mental image of reality that is as close as possible to that which the intact sensitivity would construct.. The perception that sensory disabled people have is more general but is open to correction. The abstract reasoning that the lack of external receptors stimulates is knowledge-oriented. By necessity it is partial but it seeks realism and balance and tends to overcome prejudice. The ability of blind people who learn to orient by tactile sensitivity or echolocation[i] proves this.
Although blindness or deafness makes people insecure it does not dispose them to devoutness alone. Not so with the deficiency of senses that inform about internal condition. The reason is that happiness is subjective and poorly relates to information about the surroundings. The loss of pleasure receptors not only narrows the scope of perception but causes emotional frustration and imbalance. The emotional insecurity that pleasure deficit causes is irrational and the abstract reasoning it fosters is biased.
The deficit of pleasure sensitivity cannot be adequately compensated by the intact senses because the emotional experience is subjective and its quality is entirely brain-generated. The pleasure deficit can only be overridden by other brain activities. The substitutional activities relate to pleasure and tend to become inordinately developed leading to emotional imbalance and prejudice.
The lost quality can only be deduced. But inference is far from being a satisfactory substitute for pleasure. The simulated quality is an even greater abstraction and evokes greater devotion than reconstructed information does. One can easily assure oneself of this if one tries to explain to a blind-born person what a given colour is and how it is felt.
The loss of pleasure-stimulating receptors tends to produce obsessive simplifications of moralizing character, to create fables and favours fervent religiousness. The emotional imbalance that circumcision causes is unrestorable by other senses but, of course, it can be channelled into other socially accepted activities. For that reason the thing that all authoritarian social and religious systems inevitably have in common is suppression of sexuality.
The deficit of some external sense causes incertitude about perception of reality and prompts its objective correction. Deficit of pleasure causes also dissatisfaction, emotional imbalance, prejudice and self-doubt that can be only subjectively corrected. Blindness reduces the precision and adequateness of perception of reality while paedocircumcision reduces self-worth and emotional security. Accordingly neither blindness nor deafness facilitates piousness as effectively as paedocircumcision does.
Redirection of pleasure alters emotionality and mentality in a profound way. An interpretation of Biblical passages such as this quoted here that reduces all to circumcision is an example of the extreme generalization, religious fanaticism and inversed logic that circumcision may produce in the long-term. If we try to translate this statement into rational language it simply asserts that circumcision is of vital importance to the idea of creation of the world. This makes it evident that suppression of sexuality greatly determines the mind-set of the Abrahamics. Circumcision preconditions religiousness.