Recent Thought

Human Evolution and the Structure of Health and Disease: General Discussion: Recent Thought
Author: Andrew
Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 7:58 am
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There is a seeming paradoxical element to a runaway sexual selection theory of evolution posited in this website. This riddle reveals a most confounding feature of being human. If a larger consciousness already existed before and during human evolution (which we surmise because we experience the larger consciousness now), and humans beings evolved partly by a desire to experience this larger consciousness, then human individual identity or separateness from this larger consciousness had to be evolving at the same time. The further from god that we evolutionarily wondered the deeper our cravings to reunite. There is this hidden dynamic feeding the dynamo of our unfolding. The bigger our brains, the more facile we became with the manipulation of mental space and time, the deeper our craving for less individual identity. A major factor in our evolving so quickly was the tension between independant mental life and interdependant larger consciousness. The quicker our brains grew the more we were compelled to engage in the process that resulted in larger brains. In a very real sense we became addicted to experiencing separatenss from the larger consciousness in order to to have the experience of reuniting with the larger consciousness.

Author: Graham
Sunday, September 05, 2004 - 2:28 am
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i am sensing the complexity of what you are addressing here runs far deeper than my ability to articulate it all here in a few sentences could ever be. but needless to say, this thread of thought is HUGE. i would urge you to dig deeper if you have not already! the implications are everywhere.

consider for instance as one example, your musings above as applied to the psychedelic movement of the 1960's, specifically Tim Leary's writings on the metaphysical component of this cultural drug experience.

or alternately, your musings together with the Jungian dynamics of shadow and collective unconsciousness -- you've certainly got a friend in Jung on this point.

i will think more about this.


Author: Andrew
Thursday, September 23, 2004 - 8:59 pm
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Runaway feedback (posited by Fisher in 1930) applied to consciousness itself is an evocative way to understand how humans could have evolved. It begs the question of how it took over 500 million years of evolution for this to occur. Clearly other variables had to have all lined up. This work explores those variables, along with I agree with you , Graham, the implications carry in many directions.

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