Courtesy of Wikimedia Illustrations to the Book of Genesis 2nd Title Page
Fritjof Capra in, The Web of Life demonstrates the limitations of using the computer as a model for the human brain. We find similarities to Blake's objections to allowing Urizen to assume control of the human psyche supplanting the emotions, the imagination, and the intelligence of the body.
"Recent developments in cognitive science have made it clear that human intelligence is utterly different from machine intelligence. The human nervous system does not process any information (in the sense of discrete elements existing ready-made in the outside world,to be picked up by the cognitive system), but it interacts with the environment by continually modulating its structure. Moreover, neuroscientists have discovered strong evidence that human intelligence, human memory, and human decisions are never completely rational but are always colored by emotions as we know from experience. Our thinking is always accompanied by bodily sensations and processes. Even if we often tend to suppress them,we always think also with our bodies; and since computers do not have such a body, truly human problems will always be foreign to their intelligence. These considerations imply that certain tasks should never be left to computers...These tasks include all those that require genuine human qualities such as wisdom, compassion, respect, understanding and love. Decisions and communications that require those qualities will dehumanize our lives if they are made by computers."
"As Theodore Roszak shows in detail in The Cult of Information, information does not create ideas: ideas create information. Ideas are integrating patterns that derive not from information but from experience."
"To regain our full humanity, we must regain our experience of connectedness with the entire web of life. This reconnecting, religio in Latin, is the very essence of the spiritual grounding of deep ecology."
The battles among Urizen, Los, Luvah and Tharmas will continue to appear in various forms among philosophical approaches to epistemology until all are brought together and see ourselves reflected in every face.
Jerusalem, Plate 98, (E 257) "And every Man stood Fourfold, each Four Faces had. One to the West One toward the East One to the South One to the North. the Horses Fourfold And the dim Chaos brightend beneath, above, around! Eyed as the Peacock According to the Human Nerves of Sensation, the Four Rivers of the Water of Life South stood the Nerves of the Eye. East in Rivers of bliss the Nerves of the Expansive Nostrils West, flowd the Parent Sense the Tongue. North stood The labyrinthine Ear. Circumscribing & Circumcising the excrementitious Husk & Covering into Vacuum evaporating revealing the lineaments of Man Driving outward the Body of Death in an Eternal Death & Resurrection Awaking it to Life among the Flowers of Beulah rejoicing in Unity In the Four Senses in the Outline the Circumference & Form, for ever In Forgiveness of Sins which is Self Annihilation. it is the Covenant of Jehovah The Four Living Creatures Chariots of Humanity Divine Incomprehensible In beautiful Paradises expand These are the Four Rivers of Paradise And the Four Faces of Humanity fronting the Four Cardinal Points Of Heaven going forward forward irresistible from Eternity to Eternity And they conversed together in Visionary forms dramatic which bright Redounded from their Tongues in thunderous majesty, in Visions In new Expanses, creating exemplars of Memory and of Intellect Creating Space, Creating Time according to the wonders Divine Of Human Imagination, throughout all the Three Regions immense Of Childhood, Manhood & Old Age[;] & the all tremendous unfathomable Non Ens Of Death was seen in regenerations terrific or complacent varying According to the subject of discourse & every Word & Every Character Was Human according to the Expansion or Contraction, the Translucence or Opakeness of Nervous fibres such was the variation of Time & Space Which vary according as the Organs of Perception vary & they walked To & fro in Eternity as One Man reflecting each in each & clearly seen And seeing: according to fitness & order. And I heard Jehovah speak Terrific from his Holy Place & saw the Words of the Mutual Covenant Divine On Chariots of gold & jewels with Living Creatures starry & flaming With every Colour, Lion, Tyger, Horse, Elephant, Eagle Dove, Fly, Worm, And the all wondrous Serpent clothed in gems & rich array Humanize In the Forgiveness of Sins according to the Covenant of Jehovah. They Cry Where is the Covenant of Priam, the Moral Virtues of the Heathen Where is the Tree of Good & Evil that rooted beneath the cruel heel Of Albions Spectre the Patriarch Druid! where are all his Human Sacrifices For Sin in War & in the Druid Temples of the Accuser of Sin: beneath The Oak Groves of Albion that coverd the whole Earth beneath his Spectre Where are the Kingdoms of the World & all their glory that grew on Desolation The Fruit of Albions Poverty Tree when the Triple Headed Gog-Magog Giant Of Albion Taxed the Nations into Desolation & then gave the Spectrous Oath Such is the Cry from all the Earth from the Living Creatures of the Earth And from the great City of Golgonooza in the Shadowy Generation And from the Thirty-two Nations of the Earth among the Living Creatures PLATE 99 All Human Forms identified even Tree Metal Earth & Stone. all Human Forms identified, living going forth & returning wearied Into the Planetary lives of Years Months Days & Hours reposing And then Awaking into his Bosom in the Life of Immortality. And I heard the Name of their Emanations they are named Jerusalem"