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Autonomic system

Our ‘mind’ contains a set of functions, but we also have a ‘body’ and that body too has functions.  The autonomic system is used to describe all the functions of the body that are not under the control of the Will, but can operate apparently autonomously.

I have provided a separate section on the sexual system because it is of great importance to this site, but the sexual system is also an autonomic system.  

I think it helps to have an analogy and using the computer analogy, the autonomic functions are like the operating system for the body as a whole.  Some given functions are automatic from the day we are born.   Some have to be ‘learnt’ in the sense of learning something you have already got, so not learning new function, but getting to know how a given function works.

Walking, running, using our hands dexterously must be practised and learnt despite the fact we have the functions as part of the package. 

Learning to use the functions we have as part of the package often requires no words at all.  Most children learn how to walk , run, remain continent, use their hands, and so on without any help, except perhaps for encouragement and support.

Analogously, this is somewhat like being given a PC [personal computer] on which an operating system [the autonomic functions] has already been loaded, some functions of which have to be learnt.

Centipede - Anon

A centipede was happy quite,
Until a frog in fun
Said 'Pray which leg comes after which?'
This raised her mind to such a pitch
She lay distracted in a ditch
Considering how to run

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