posted on Feb, 5 2017 @ 11:11 PM
In this very very strange day and age in which we live, it can be hard to believe that reality really is stranger than fiction.
Why is that?
I've pondered this question in hundreds of different ways, to be led to the conclusion that the ontological nature of existence operates as the
core referent in Human society. So, what is the ontological nature of reality?
My theory, or belief, is that mind and matter constitute two poles that are ontologically and dynamically created. In Karen Barads terms:
“In my agential realist elaboration of Bohr’s account, apparatuses are the material condition of possibility and impossibility of mattering;
they enact what matters and what is excluded from mattering. Apparatuses enact agential cuts that produce determinate boundaries and properties of
“entities” within phenomena, where “phenomena” are the ontological inseparability of agentially interacting components. That is, agential cuts
are at once ontic and semantic. It is only through specific agential intra-actions that the boundaries and properties of “components” of phenomena
determinate and that particular articulations become meaningful. In the absence of specific agential intra-actions, these ontic-semantic boundaries
are indeterminate. In short, the apparatus specifies an agential cut that enacts a resolution (within the phenomenon) of the semantic, as well as
ontic, indeterminacy. Hence apparatuses are boundary-making practices.” – Karen Barad, Meeting the Universe Halfway; pg. 148, Duke, 2007
At once "ontic" and semantic means that reality in its continuing evolving is creating new phenomena not with 'external things', but as an
"intra-activity' within the various material and semantic relationships that are being formed at the lowest levels (quarks) to the highest level
(macroscopic organisms like Humans) as variously constituted "phenomena" interact with one another.
My sense - purely speculative, but strongly suggested by today's latest sciences - is that mind and matter are "unified" at the highest level of
coherency in the body and being of the Human organism. Coherency is a function of the lifting of constraints. For example, look at Chimps and
Bonobos. Consider what primatologists have to say about the difference between chimps and bonobo's:
1. Bonobos are sensitive, lively, and nervous, whereas chimpanzees are coarse and hot-tempered
2. Bonobo’s rarely raise their hairs; Chimpanzees often do so.
3. Physical violence almost never occurs in Bonobos, yet is common in Chimpanzees
4. Bonobos defend themselves through aimed kicking with their feet, whereas chimpanzees try to pull attackers close to bite them.
5. The Bonobo voice contains a and e vowels, whereas the chimpanzees uses more u and o vowels
6. Bonobos are more vocal than chimpanzees
7. Bonobo’s stretch their arms and shake their hands when calling, whereas chimpanzees do not
8. Bonobos copulate more hominum and chimpanzees more canum”
- Bonobo: The Forgotten Ape, Frans De Waal, and Frans Lanting, pg. 9, University of California Press, 2011
If you study how this is, it becomes clear that the system the bonobo evolved in - an enclosed area just south of the congo river - it becomes
eminently understandable how the loveable Bonobo's came to be: the constraint of being traumatized by threatening predators was moderately
lifted, enough for the "neotonization" process to occur. Indeed, its quite plausible that our own ape-homo transition species was temperamentally
like the Bonobo, which means that Hominization, or becoming Human, is fundamentally about affirming the Other.
As a person who studies Human psychological dysfunction (whatever happens to exist in myself, which serves as a model in recognizing similarities in
it others) I know - quite absolutely - how horrible psychological trauma is to the Human brain. Indeed - its a disavowal of the very processes that
underlined its emergence. Yet the Human organism is resilient to becoming devolved - that is, up until the present era i.e autism epidemic.
What is strange is what ha happened to the Human organism since around 75,000 years ago with the explosion of Mt. Toba. As a person with an
epistemological sensitivity to the importance of science, I can't admit (as far as we know) fantasies like Atlantis or Mu or any other
pre-civilization that precedes the oldest ones we know of i.e. Sumer. Myths - are not literally true, but definitely and witohut any doubt express the
unconscious relational structure of the society the Human organism is existing within - and so constitutes a "transforming" sense of self and
identity, projected into the "transcultura space".
I really do fear that even the so-called "elite" people who misunderstand the nature of mind-matter relations: their religion implies a dualism. It
implies room for "inconsistency" within the self. It assumes matter and mind are irreconcilable opposites. It assumes that the "third" somehow
stands apart from the 2 parts which create it. It advocates an ethics that is dreamy and wishful - impossible for a Human being because of the "three
body problem of physics": just as it creates problems for astronomers seeking to predict an outcome, the same disorder arises when three humans think
they can manage a relationship between them that doesn't inculcate within itself "rooms within rooms" of dissociation, filled with feelings and
responses to feelings that are never known because the self has a fetish over the "Now" - as if such a philosophy were a sustainable orientation for
a creature built by memory i.e. the past, and a capacity to project forward into the future.
The worst, though, is the sheer religiosity of these people: they are the most outrageously antropocentric minds that have ever existed. Instead of
understanding the sense of 'being between two impulses' - itself being a function of the Humans INTEGRATION with other Humans (the "third" is the
dynamical unity that emerges upon our individual sense of being i.e. embodied, unreflective awareness, in our coming together) itself a function of a
progressive evolution (increasing complexity of structure IS progressive - its a lie to say it isn't when alligators haven't changed a bit)
which began with a selfish drive (reptilian) to become increasingly animated - and motivated - by the implicit recognition of self in positive
affective relations - such as play in social animals; then, finally, into the sorts of recognition that occur between Humans - when we experience the
others positive feedback and feel the excitement it causes us.
For people who do not notice the above effect - this is a result of a conscious preoccupation with the self's own affects - meaning that the
awareness of the self is almost always self-organizing not from a "conduit" type openness to what the world (other) reveals, but from the deficiency
and hunger for stimulation that tends to animate its relations with the world.
Is it so impossible to believe that we are one thing, a "self", blasted into reality through an evolutionary (diachronic i.e. in time) dynamic of
unfathomable vastness, to emerge on a planet within the context of the planets various interacting contexts - geosphere, hydrospher, atmosphere - each
an emergent property, each helpong to generate other emergent properties? The diachronic - time - picture shows a remarkable unity.