What is it about the pineal gland, our third eye, that makes it so mysterious? The secretory function is just now partially understood, but philosophers throughout history have regarded it as having particular importance due to its location deep in the brain, and its sensed connection to spirit.
Philosopher Rene Descartes regarded the pineal gland as, “the principal seat of the soul and the place in which all our thoughts are formed”. In his book The Passions of the Soul, he describes how the human soul is connected with the physical body by the pineal, which is suspended above the passage through which spirits in the brain’s anterior cavities communicate with spirits in its posterior cavities.
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