Innate Intelligence: Survival of the Fittest

by The Atlas of Life on October 11, 2010

survival of the fittestFriday, I briefly touched on the five properties of Innate Intelligence. They are survival, adaptation, reproduction, replication, and healing. Today, let’s focus on survival.

Innate Intelligence’s tendencies always go back to keeping you and me alive, at any cost. If that means Innate Intelligence has to rob Peter to pay Paul, so to speak, it will.

Think about high blood pressure. Plaque lines the artery walls, obstructing normal natural blood flow. This build up of plaque narrows the diameter of the artery, causing a restriction in the amount of blood traveling to the rest of the body. Less blood means less oxygen. Less oxygen to the rest of the body means it won’t be able to survive very long.

If this is what happens to the body because of unhealthy lifestyle habits, and Innate Intelligence didn’t exist, high blood pressure would be a non-issue because people would be dead before it ever gets to that point.

But that’s not how the human body was designed. Innate Intelligence will do whatever it must to survive. Instead of letting your body starve oxygen-wise, it will simply have the heart pump the blood harder through the arteries. This way the same amount of blood will get through, despite the narrowed artery, and your body will get the necessary amount of oxygen.

fight or flight responseThink about the fight or flight response. We come across a life threatening circumstance, like a grizzly bear, or a mugger, or black ice on the freeway, and Innate Intelligence has programmed certain responses in our body to keep us alive.

Our body drives the blood away from the gut and into the muscles. This is to keep your muscles oxygenated in case of fighting or fleeing instead of using it for digestion (lunch just isn’t that important anymore). To get the maximum amount of blood to those muscles it will increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration. Increased blood sugar will occur to make sure those muscles can react rapidly. Your senses are increased i.e. your pupils dilate to allow more light to see clearly and your hearing is sharpened. To further increase the response, your adrenal glands will secrete epinephrine and norepinephrine (adrenaline). To deaden any pain you might experience, endorphins are secreted as well.

In short, Innate Intelligence has devised and programmed an abundance of life-preserving physiologic responses necessary to keep our bodies full of life.

I don’t know about you, but I am reminded of the limited comprehension we possess of the perfection of Innate Intelligence. There is no pharmacist in the world that can distribute the right chemical to the right part of the body at the right time of the day the way Innate Intelligence does each second of our lives.

What I see as amazing, is simply Innate Intelligence doing what it must to survive.

But survival is just the tip of the iceberg. Friday we will cover the second property of Innate Intelligence.