When people say to me, "you're so deep", or "you're so smart - like, on another scale", I am both humbled by the remark, and a bit irked that people
think "intelligence" is theirs to begin with.
The insanity of the world we live within is basically based in ignorance - and in its place, is placed a self-serving (and deluding) idealism that
ignores the effects it's mind creates.
The mind is like a "meso-scale" (emergent property), existing in between the neurons, glia and endothelial cells which together make up your brain (we
can call this pole 1), and the individual objects
in the outer external world, with their physical, practical, affective, interpersonal,
social, and existential consequences for the organism.
If you understand the world dynamically - from embryogenesis, to birth, to all the various levels of biodynamical activity in particular and global
interaction with the surrounding environment - everything you and everyone else experiences is emergent
- which means, being dynamically
regenerated again and again from one moment to the next.
Your brain is an extension of a structure-dynamic that precedes the Human form. Up until now, Humans have tended to denigrate animals because they
unconsciously sensed in the animal similarity - yet, being traumatized beings who are acutely sensitive to the dynamics of social living in a
traumatizing world (wars, pillaging, etc - doesn't exactly relax the nervous system or the amygdala, its primary threat/advantage organ) they
habitually disavowed (antagonized against) others which showed vulnerability and weaknesss (such as animals, women).
Waking up is thus deeply related to "waking up to how this world has traumatized you". It means recognizing all those inhibitions in you - the fear,
of shame - the fear of anxiety, which thus create and rebound into reflexive defensive behaviors that the perceptual (consciousness induced) makes to
protect and help itself. This "second arrow" of Buddhist thought is that which the mind needs to get control of: it's very own self. It's reflexive
turn. It's instinctive desire to self-protect, to defend, and to deny - even when the system (your self) well knows that it may be lying about
something, still - you can watch that and see yourself enacting an opposite meaning. A weird dualism - out of step - dissonant, and not anything to
In between 1 (embodied physiological structure) and 3 (external referents which evoke meaning from the structure) lies 2 - the emergent property - the
higher level phenomena - quite literally, which is "carried like a wave" by the global activity of our neural dynamics. Epiphenomena consciousness is
most certainly not.
It is the real deal - as real as it feels.
Yet, just as quarks set the boundaries for neutron/proton formation, and cells form the boundary for multicellular organism development, the higher
level emergent property is always constrained in some essential way by what's ontologically beneath it, even if, in its emergence, it transforms the
lower-levels in such a way as to bring about something genuinely new.
Consciousness is that: it is new, causative, causally and ontologically "above" the physical medium it interacts with. Yet, it's activity is generated
by the medium - generated by its movements, by its large-scale dynamical electromagnetic waves. To quote the neuroscientist Paul Nunez, an expert on
“Consciousness of an external event takes substantial time to develop, at least several hundred milliseconds. The early parts of a visual or
auditory signal may reach the neocortex in 10 milliseconds, and it takes about 30 milliseconds for signals to cross the entire brain on
cortico-cortical fibres. These white matter fibres connect different parts of the cerebral cortex to itself, with the so-called gray matter forming
the outer layer of the brain, the cerebral cortex.”
It is rather remarkable to think about the way we work - that the physics of nature literally generates us: we were not "created", so much as being
created by the physics made possible by the conditions on Earth and it's positioning within this solar system. Logic pervades the entire thing. Our
consciousness happens AFTER a lot of stuff. We are not alone in ourselves, but are inextricably generated by phenomena at many different ontological
scales - with us - the realest of all, only working properly when we acknowledge and integrate those dimensions below us which contribute to the
wellness of our being.
“Since consciousness of external signals takes about 500 milliseconds or so to develop, conscious awareness requires many passes of signals back
and forth between multiple brain regions. In other words, the emergence of awareness requires the development of numerous feedback loops, involving
widespread cortical and lower brain regions. Consciousness of a sensory stimulus is apparently represented in the total activity of distributed
cortical networks rather than any one network node. Consciousness is closely tied to the brains dynamic patterns.” – Paul L. Nunez, The New
Science of Consciousness, pg. 65, Prometheus, 2016
He clarifies later, that normal conscious of stimulus occurs a little earlier than 500 milliseconds,
“In short, consciousness of the stimulus occurs after 300 milliseconds, perhaps accompanied by a brief period of large scale synchrony, and
apparently followed by sustained gamma rhythm activity…In essence, coherence is essentially synchrony with significant time delays.” – Paul L.
Nunez, The New Science of Consciousness, pg. 234, Prometheus, 2016
But the drift is clear: the 2, which emerges between the 1 and the 3, is a temporally emergent phenomenon.
This is quite significant, as the
"self" appears to disappear, and yet it remains dynamically real - dynamically operating in every normal human brain~mind, showing its reality through
the transformations of matter that creates the experience of temporality, and ultimately, of the experience of consciousness and "being real". We are
REAL only here - on Earth, and so our home, our planet - is so much more significant than many people realize. Its as much a metaphysical womb as a
On a more metaphysical level, reincarnation may be interpreted in light of Stuart Kauffmans recent distinction (2016) between the 'res-potentia' and
'res-extensa'. The potentia of matter would be related to what Rupert Sheldrake has called "morphic resonance", and perhaps dark matter may matter
here. Res-extensa is matter itself - matter actualized, moving, organizing, self-organizing, to create or mediate the emergence of beings like us.
Res-Potentia is subtle - it refers to that which "wants to be", more than that which is. That which is is embodied - and that which wants to be "waits
to be embodied" - that is, to find a body that has a resonant teleodynamical organization as its previous body - to "reincarnate" as a function o the
ecological posssibilities afforded by the res-extensa: the mother, the matrix, whom the being emerges within, to begin anew another round of
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