Sexual Control Centers:
Every animal species in order to reproduce has to depend on the sexual function. For this purpose all animals possess a non-rational sexual center. Men and women are the only animals that have two sexual centers: One rational, the other non-rational!
In humans, the rational and non-rational sexual centers have different locations in the brain, but they are intimately dependent on one another.
To understand better how our brain functions, we are going to compare it to an automobile wheel. Our brain consist of two parts. The central part, called the primitive or old brain is comparable to the central metalic part of the wheel or the rim. The peripheral or outside part called the new or modern brain, is comparable to the pneumatic tire. The central rim of the brain, called the limbic region, (limbic in Latin means “wheel”) contains the control center for the animal functions. All animals, from the smallest to the largest, including man, have in the primitive or old brain, the control center for thirst, hunger, rage, hate, madness, sleep, fear and sex. Humans, then, possess a non-rational sexual center in the limbic region, just like all other animals.
But humans also possess a rational sexual center, unlike animals, which is located in the new brain, or in the tire of the wheel.
In 1894, Andre Michelin, a Frenchman, invented the rubber, pneumatic tire, creating a revolution in transportation. (Diagram)
The tire, then, on the primitive rim, distinguishes the brain of man from that of the animals. The human brain is much larger in relation to the body size than any other animal. This is the reason why humans are rational animals. The brain is the master control organ of our body. Scientists say that if we were to create a computer equal to our brain, it would be necessary to build a computer larger than the Empire State Building in New York City.
Our brain grows until the age of 15 and has one hundred billion cells. On average, ten thousand brain cells die per day. A person’s intelligence cannot be measured by the size of the brain, but instead is determined by how the brain functions. There are geniuses with normal brain size and mental retarded with a large brain.
The brain is divided into sections called lobes. The frontal lobes are at the front of the head. The temporal and parietal lobes are at the sides of the head, and the occipital lobes are located in the back of the head.
From neurophysiology, we know that the occipital lobes are the centers for vision and reading. The temporal lobes are centers for taste, hearing, music and memory. In the frontal lobes we have the center of thought (enabling us to calculate 2x2 equals four), creativity, consciousness, morality, speech, voluntary movement and coordination of our body from head to toes. It is interesting to note that the parts of our body that have a greater variety and frequency of movements such as the mouth and hands are represented by larger areas in the brain.
The centers for voluntary movement and coordination are located in the posterior part of the frontal lobes. Next to it, in the anterior part of the parietal lobes, we have the center for feeling sensations from head to toes. In this zone we feel touch, warmth, cold, and pain. The sexual rational control center is also located here. Similarly, the part of our body (mouth and hands) with the greatest use in sensuality have also larger corresponding areas in the parietal lobes. We should note that the sensual centers of our genital organs are located in a separate area in the parietal lobe. Not surprising, nature has given the sexual control center special and protected status in the brain.
We know that the brain receives information from the outside world by means of the electricity of the five special senses: Smell, vision, hearing, taste and touch. We also know that the two parts of the brain (old brain and new brain) are interconnected like a computer. The brain interprets the electrical information that it receives through the five senses, so that we can solve problems, make decisions, and produce creative ideas. The combination of the various electrical messages, communicated by the five senses, allows the brain to create and develop thoughts, emotions and reactions.
What happens inside the human brain at the moment of sexual reaction? How is sexual behavior in humans different from the behavior of animals? In humans, a healthy sexual response must involve coordination between frontal and parietal lobes (the rational control system) and both frontal and parietal areas must in turn control the limbic sexual center (the non-rational). Since animals do not possess the rational control system, the limbic system is always in full control of their sexual behavior.
Healthy human sex can only occur when the rational sexual center dominates the non-rational center (limbic system). If the reverse occurs sexual failures and embarrassments will abound, and man would behave sexually like an animal.
Alcohol and drugs What happens to the tire of an automobile when it goes flat? The ride is bumpy, the car zigzags out of control, and may even fly off the road causing an accident. What causes a flat in our “rubber tire” brain so that we lose control and start zigzagging? Alcohol and drugs! A drunk or a drugged person loses the rational control and becomes dominated by the nonrational animal centers located in the limbic region or metallic rim of the wheel.
In this way, the rational sexual center loses control due to the excess of alcohol or drugs and the man becomes sexually incompetent. His sexual behavior becomes controlled exclusively by the animal or non-rational sexual center. Under these circumstances a man can commit rape with animal-like behavior.
In American penitentiaries, 51 percent of convicted rapists confess that at the time of the rape they were drunk or under the influence of drugs! In 1956 (October 20, 1956) the American Medical Association officially declared that an alcoholic individual is a sick person such as a diabetic and thus deserving of medical treatment.
Rape: is a sexual disease But is rape itself also a disease? And if it is, can it be cured? Researchers at the Memphis Mental Health Institute say yes to both questions.
Their findings suggest that compulsive rapists are sexual deviants and like other less dangerous sexual deviants most can be treated and cured. Further, the researchers state that the rapist who rapes most often is also the individual who is least deterred by incarceration.
Today when most rape crisis programs focus primarily on the damage suffered by the rape victim, a program designed to treat the rapist may evoke controversy and even hostility! But rape is the only crime that continues to rise alarmingly! On the average a rapist rapes more than 100 times!
The recidivism rate for rapists treated in the Memphis Institute was less than 5 percent compared to 35 percent rate for incarcerated rapists with no treatment available. Every rapist cured saves many women from becoming rape victims. Isn’t it time that medical authorities and legislators came together to create laws mandating rapists to be properly treated for their disorder after their removal from society?
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