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The Nature of Human Behavior

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posted on May, 14 2016 @ 01:40 AM
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I'm very curious about us human beings, homo sapiens, sapiens.

In my studies, and in my unusual experiences, I have been coming closer and closer to a theoretical representational knowledge of human experience.

It hasn't been easy. The problem is that psychology for the last 100 years has been mimicking the context is developed within: capitalism. Capitalism impresses upon its inhabitants a specific transactive logic surrounding surpluses and deficits. The mind was conceived in this background, so it is not at all surprising that the world we have today, and the world Freud and later medical psychiatry has brought into existence, is extraordinarily dissociated from what really makes and shapes human nature.

Without my photoshop, I ask that you use your imagination in this following description. You should notice and see in yourself the very logic I describe. It should also be mentioned that the external form of an animal expresses an internal logic; the phenomenology of conspecifics (members of the same species) is isomorphic - which means "the same". Of course, we all have different histories, which means we experience the world differently, but nevertheless are equally shaped by the parameters set by our complex biology. Say what you will and believe what you will - spiritually, or philosophically: your 86 billion neurons in your brain, 16 billion in your cortex and 69 billion in your cerebellum, with another billion in between (Herculano-Houzel 2016), creates your experience of being. Because of this, there ARE LAWS that rule human perception, experience and behavior. An intelligent and enlightened science works towards uncovering these principles so that we can better educate the minds of tomorrow to know how it is they know; and to recognize in themselves the way the exigencies of selfhood act upon their knowledge.

Principle # 1: this is a big one, especially for us anthropomorphizing humans. Feeling is not merely feeling, but a form of knowledge about the world. It's the disastrous insistence on language and the disneyfication of our perception of animals that helps reify our "commonsense" idea that knowledge exists in language. Only creates that can know and think conceptually, are conscious. This of course is patently wrong. The work of the neuroscientists Antonio Damasio, Bud Craig, Walter Freeman and the cognitive scientists George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, have put to rest this notion that consciousness equals thought. It is simply not true: the deepest layer of our being is embodied feeling. And within this core self lies not random emotions, but the history of our personal experiences and the experiences of our ancestors. Thus, next time you see a dog, do not anthropormphize it - as tempting as it is to do. Try noticing how the dog knows: such as through rubbing its head against you when they want affection or attention. Or, the converse: you can notice how confusing words are to them. Humans make the error of imagining that words associated with consequences means the animals "know" or plan - again, represent to themselves in concept - how to be. But this is ridiculous nonsense: we too know without representing to ourselves how we know. Just simply watch your bodily reactions in a social context and notice how your body "knows" what certain consequences to certain actions are.

Every brain reflects and mirrors its environment. It embodies the ecology of it's relations. Thus, with Andreas Weber (see his newly released book "The Biology of Wonder", for an idea of what the future of science will look like) I see organisms as the force of life - what Weber identifies with feelings (that are purposeful) - as meaning-making in terms of the here and now as well as the adjacent possible.

Principle # 2: All organisms, not just humans, embody in their brain the whole of their ecological relations. This means the environment as well as the adaptive response exist in the brain as "potentials" waiting to be realized.

Now, for humans:

1) Affects experienced during perception provide knowledge of social-power. But social power seems to be predicated on what self's need. Why does a butterfly know other butterflies, or a whale other whales? This is so taken-for granted in biology, yet it appears that the "self" of a creature knows its self by sensing in the outer structure of a similar organism a similar internal structure. Thus, the external "expresses" or symbolizes the internal, hence, all organisms that are externally identical spend their time together

2) The Motivation to Act derives from affects experienced in the past. This means that motivation is directly related to how you've experienced the world in your endless "openness" to the social world. An important factor here is the quality of the relations you've experienced, either directly or indirectly. If your self has been consistently honored and properly known by the other, positive affects will be released, and thus a robust sense of self will be generated. However, most people aren't fortunate enough to have self-aware caregivers. Furthermore, in a capitalist society, it seems the vast majority of people regularly encounter other people who from birth on have developed around people consistently preoccupied with their own interests, and so, develop in ways similar to the people they've related with.

But why? Why do affects experienced during perception become the basis for motivation? Because we humans are tied into one another at the affective level.

3) The cognitive psychologist Merlin Donald posits 3 stages in the evolution of Humans: the episodic, mimetic and mythic. Imagine three threads, one blue, the second green and the last one red, corresponding to the 3 levels. In all creatures, a thread runs through them binding them together, such that alone these creatures do not "make sense", because the inbuilt knowledge - behavior - they bring out in their actions requires the presence of a conspecific on the other end to make the actions meaningful.

In humans, the episodic thread has become intertwined in the much larger and much more powerful "mimetic" thread. Later on, the mythic thread is "tacked" on the mimetic thread as a commentary upon the experiences of an ever growing consciousness of - and memory of - the experiences of life.

The green thread (a specially chosen color) is the logic of this thread. Mimesis, or imitation, better termed "communicative musicality", is the logic of this thread. Principle 1, 2 and 3 are all designed to explain the basic fact that mimesis can only exist if we are aware of one anothers intentions or feelings: that is, if we intuitively 'know' one another's mental situations. This is what "affects experienced during perception" and "motivation to act" derive from. But what sort of affects and how do these motivations become organized? Around what principle?

4) The Self is real enough that it is causally organizing human behavior. Between affects experienced during perception and motivation to act lies what I call "standards and judgements". Standards and judgements are the internal, immediately known "knowledges" that are genetically built into our brain; they are not symbolic in the usual sense, but in the embodied sense that we can tell through an action what one party feels about another party: that is, we learn something about their intentionality as well as their "power" in the relationship.




posted on May, 14 2016 @ 01:42 AM
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ran out of space, will finish the post asap.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 02:09 AM
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a reply to: Astrocyte

My brain is hardwired differently.. Looking at your text is like looking at someone writing on their prison walls, trying to imagine what it looks like on the outside..

The real world is not complex, your imagination is on the other hand very complex..



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:32 AM
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originally posted by: PanPiper
a reply to: Astrocyte

The real world is not complex, your imagination is on the other hand very complex..

Actually the real world is quite complex. Your brain may be hardwired to make it seem simple, but it's really not.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:40 AM
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a reply to: Vector99

Ill change it;

Hairless primates that breeds like rabbits, eats, sleeps.. Process various nutrients in stomach with seeds, takes a dump, great fertilizer soil.. day in and day out..

So where do you see the complexity? Cause i missed the part you claim to see..

Oooooh, you mean cultural paradigms so we do not kill each other? yeah that sure is a rabbit hole on a acid trip..

Now you were saying?



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:47 AM
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a reply to: PanPiper

What about all the rest of what's happening besides the hairless human activities??? There is a lot more interesting things than just us.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:47 AM
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a reply to: PanPiper

I meant the complexities you aren't even aware of. You know, for an easy example, your circulatory system?

You have any idea how it works? Nope, to you it just does.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:49 AM
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a reply to: Vector99

I just watch a tree,



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:50 AM
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originally posted by: mOjOm
a reply to: PanPiper

What about all the rest of what's happening besides the hairless human activities??? There is a lot more interesting things than just us.


like?



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:50 AM
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a reply to: PanPiper

And billions of neurons fire constantly in order for you to do that. Neurons that you have literally no conscious control of.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:56 AM
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originally posted by: PanPiper

like?


Like the formation of galaxies, planetary evolution, evolutionary life and how it interacts as a single ecosystem with feedback and progression.

The processes involved in matter formation, time/space, quantum mechanics up to macro sized interactions of matter and energy.

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop? You know, the big stuff???



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 03:58 AM
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a reply to: Astrocyte

Looking forward to the continuation.
Insightful so far, much to consider.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:01 AM
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a reply to: mOjOm

Just step into nature and a universe of surprises is there..



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:02 AM
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a reply to: Vector99

So the complexity about humans is the natural mechanics nature gave us ?



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:05 AM
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originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: PanPiper

And billions of neurons fire constantly in order for you to do that. Neurons that you have literally no conscious control of.

So 'who' is doing 'what'?



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:07 AM
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a reply to: PanPiper

Yep, exactly.

Take for example another simple one. Blood Pressure.

Do you know your moods and feelings will change depending on it? Without you even knowing it that is.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:08 AM
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originally posted by: Itisnowagain

originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: PanPiper

And billions of neurons fire constantly in order for you to do that. Neurons that you have literally no conscious control of.

So 'who' is doing 'what'?

Your brain is doing a whole bunch of things constantly. You just enjoy the side effects.



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:10 AM
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a reply to: Vector99

I guarantee you, we are just pooping machines on two legs to spread some natural seeds.. Ask the bee what it thinks



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:10 AM
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originally posted by: Vector99

originally posted by: Itisnowagain

originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: PanPiper

And billions of neurons fire constantly in order for you to do that. Neurons that you have literally no conscious control of.

So 'who' is doing 'what'?

Your brain is doing a whole bunch of things constantly. You just enjoy the side effects.

What are 'the side effects' that are enjoyed?



posted on May, 14 2016 @ 04:16 AM
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originally posted by: Astrocyte
Say what you will and believe what you will - spiritually, or philosophically: your 86 billion neurons in your brain, 16 billion in your cortex and 69 billion in your cerebellum, with another billion in between (Herculano-Houzel 2016), creates your experience of being.

It's a shame that such nonsense means that your little mind is all closed down in your 'beliefs'.
'Materialism' is a long obsolete theory.
"It is neither the eye that perceives 'light', nor the ear that perceives 'sound', nor the brain that perceives 'thought'!" - Book of Fudd
And the alacrity with which you shut down any conflicting Perspectives cries that it is a 'belief infection' being protected.
There is no honest intellectual reason for such a 'disclaimer'.
Frankly, you believe what you must.
I'm just commenting on what I am seeing.



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