Limbic brain imprintation is involved with our beliefs and our values. What we believe and value is often developed at a preverbal time when the Mammalian Brain dominates. It is a time when language is limited and life experiences are taking place before awareness and comprehension has emerged. At this early age, the Neocortex doesn’t have the ability to critically analyze initially taught beliefs and values. Up to the ages of 5-7, the process of enculturation dictates societal norms, views, learned prejudices, etc. Between birth and the ages of 5-7, we are all a novice when it comes to life, and a neophyte empty vessel that environmental happenings are poured into. Between the ages of 6-8, I was first indoctrinated with my supernatural worldview while attending St. Mary’s Grade School. According to Newberg and Wildman human beings “are born to believe almost anything.” (2006) People believe the unbelievable. The brain is able to believe the fantastical, magical, superstitious, suspicious, and phobic. Our brain especially tends to believe what we see, hear, and are taught at an early age. Conspiracy theories of all kinds can be implanted in our Limbic Brain because of its tendency to believe just about anything. This tendency is true even for highly intelligent individuals I have known. The earlier something is implanted, it will leave an indelible impression that becomes entrenched, encoded, calcified, hardened, and the more difficult to erase.
The Limbic Brain is one stubborn organ and is negativistic when challenged by new information. It operates out of a consistency principle related to new information —> it accepts the familiar and rejects the unfamiliar. Beliefs are inflexibly implanted in our emotional brain and are extremely difficult to challenge. Paul MacLean (1990) suggests the emotional brain as being the biological basis for dogma and doctrine. Through cognitive dissonance we keep past beliefs even when challenged by credible new information. Leon Festinger researched the concept of cognitive dissonance and found that most people when confronted with new contradictory information will consistently find a way to preserve their current ways of explaining their worldview. Cognitive dissonance can be a major impediment to self-evolution. In trying to repeal-and-replace my childhood imposed worldview I bumped into the antagonistic force of cognitive dissonance. The Limbic system also highly influences our conscience with the many do’s and don’ts imprinted into it during the early years.