posted on Feb, 21 2016 @ 09:07 PM
It's at moments of extreme tension that a systems intrsinsic design becomes apparent. At breaking points, things go wrong, the structure flies into a
"far from equilibrium state". All systems, from life, to ecosystems, to solar systems, are subject to being "pulled off course" and so in danger
of falling into non-existence.
The human mind is a similar system. It has design precautions, thresholds at which functioning switches from one mode to another mode. The waves and
pulses that make up the mind are evanescent, always drifting, always changing, but yet always continuous, consistent, with the immediate conditions of
its environmental saliences. The mind settles into repetitive waves, from moment to moment, integrating the facts of nutrition, sleep, and social
relations, into patterns of activity that represent a "basin of attraction", characterized by stability, but also a thermodynamically stability. The
chemical processes of biological functioning are curiously always 'finding' the shortest and most efficient route for living. It's even been
discovered that quantum processes are involved in gene replication, in the sense that gene replication is far too proficient to account for in normal
mathematical terms. 1 mistake in 1 billion is just too improbable without invoking quantum entanglement between renegade oxygen molecules in the
In our human mind, we so often, for frequently, falsely assume that our perception is simple. Our perception is an evolutionary process that records
the various meanings of our experience in terms of one simple invariant: dynamic equilbrium. All systems incline to a 'stable state', or whats
called a "limited cycle attractor". Our normal feeling and acting within certain environments accommodates certain "networks" within our
phenomenology. We move and exist within these state without any awareness of an evolutionary constant flowing through our experience, inherent to all
We creatures of the middle who incline to the middle. The middle is whatever comfort zone we've found, but there is also a higher, more
metaphysically astute sense of the middle, which sees it as a 'constant' that maintains life. Life in this world evolves through biological chemical
relationsips between a 'segmented being' and an environmental surround that supports its existence. We can see so readily that these terms apply to
the non-human world, but we are curiously daft about the relevance of this term to the phenomena and dynamics of psychological activity. Indeed, at
every moment, our minds are giving expression to thermodynamic processes that are mysteriously "cohered" within our semiotic phenomenology. The
signs of mind are not in any way "neutral", but are powerful elicitors of psychic energy. When the mind 'constructs' itself, for example, in terms
of mindfulness meditation, psychoanalysis, or another philosophical tradition, in paying attention to its own phenomenological processes, it does so
through the use of representations. These representations, aka thoughts, are encoded as 'symbolic representations' in cognitive science lingo. You
can get the sense "representation' in that we reflect (in verbal thought) a word that we ourselves are in the act of using. It's a representation
to the observing self of its own activities in meaning making'.
Our representations also correspond to the "middle ground", of biological homeostasis. Somehow, the world 'out there', culture, words, people,
faces, cars, computers, bars, etc, cohere within our mental systems as 'representations' of a unified biological system-state. The thoughts - or
more so, the MEANINGS - support homeostatic needs typical to our species i.e. to be recognized by others, to receive positive feedback in response to
our actions, to be needed and also to feel good when we help another. The complexity of our nature derives from different evolutionary epochs - apes
(and down) and homo (and up). A sympathetic social homeostasis operative as an affective and meaningful mimesis, mediates both the complexities of
human phenomenology and the communicative devices evolved for mimesis: faces that communicate intensely subtle intentional/affective states; voices
that convey affective knowledge, and revealing a subtlety and vulnerability unique to the human voice. We have nevertheless veered along two paths - a
shame-pride continuum, and a "sympathy"; note that one needs to invoke two items to explain the nature of shame and pride. They make sense together,
as reflectors of social status, but also in themselves painful in their phenomenology. Sympathy, on the other hand, is just a feeling of affection,
attraction, curiosity or interest. The mind 'tilts' forward because of an underlying affective sense of "safety", and so endorphin release.
Endorphin release and social life have evolved together, as it is neurogenetic effects of the former (on BDNF and NGH), in a chemical sense, which
permits the response to a psychological "release" of selfhood being recognized. But which way does it occur? Dynamical biological states in their
determinism? Or the perceiving mind, being brought to power by an impending perception? The mystery is the continuity, and paradox, between the
chemical thermodynamic efficiency of the biological side with the psychological coherency of the meaning side. The meaning, the "qualia", are
processes continuous with the biological, chemical, and thermodynamical.
What astounds the mind even further is that being recognized in the faces, voices and body's of others generates psychological and biological energy.
Read this again if you must: when another person responds to something you said in a positive way, it 'excites' your neurons, and brings your
personal state of consciousness into a pleasurable dynamic. This basically means that human consciousness is irreducibly communal; even the internal
structure of our consciousness - an observer and a thing observed - is merely a recorder of self-other (person) dynamic in the evolution of our brain.
Our brain, in other words, grew, as the drops which build up stalagmites, drip by drip, by the repeated psychological processing of "being
recognized". A self, as it were, is "in there". And so the creature responds, and they work out their environment exigency in tandem.