posted on Aug, 2 2017 @ 09:49 PM
I think Humankind, in fact, may need an interim "Buddhist period" of a secular, non-theistic centred relatedness to one another, before the
theological questions about the nature of reality (termed "ontology") can be reconciled with the nature of human experience.
The reason for this prohibition, or rather, "needed constraint", is that when people have a certain kind of experience of being, and seek to relate
it to a meaning-of-self-in-the-universe, they always formulate these meanings from the ontological and semiotic (meanings, which are formed by signs,
or when understood ontologically, as 'semes') in the early life period.
People are still believing, still looking to Nietzsche and the ancients, for "wisdom" - which is absorbed and assimilated into a mental-structure
that needs to see reality as a story. Since symmetry is the nature and essence of things, and each living being, indeed, all MATERIAL things,
come into being via symmetry. As Camelo Castillo, author of Origin of Mind: A History of Systems (2017), writes:
“Symmetry is transformation with preservation of structure where structure can be not only real physical things, but also the relationships these
things form and that form them – their patterns of interaction, their rules of transformation.” - pg. 22
“In a phrase, the furniture of the universe can be defined as the regularities in the processes that maintain them. Through symmetry, structure
inheres process and process inheres structure.” -pg. 23
“Informational symmetry is the reduction of uncertainty in the transformations that preserve the systems structure.” pg. 24
“Since time is isometric to change, synchrony is also order through change. In this simple sense synchrony is informational symmetry. It is the
reduction of uncertainty in the transformations that preserve the relationship between at least two systems, or two components of the same system,
over time.” pg. 25
“When all systems are reduced to the regularities that describe them, these regularities are transformational; they are dynamic, not static. What
this means is that in a massively interactive universe where transformation is the natural state and regular versions of this transformation are only
rarely selected for persistence, symmetry itself can be expressed as synchrony. All systems can be expressed as regularities in both time and space.
Essentially, one result of treating space and time as a single fabric is that symmetry and synchrony are unified.” pg. 28-29
“In both internal and external contexts some degree of symmetry, trivial or not, must be preserved for a thing to remain a thing.” – Camelo
Castillo, Origin of Mind: A History of Systems; pg.31, 2011; Allardice Creek Press
Think about this, but with light to the phenomenology of self-experience. How do you hold your body - feel in our body - read your bodies cues?
Castillo's evolutionary reconstruction contains the phenomena of embodied self-experience, in that we can feel good (symmetry) or bad (asymmetry).
The only fields up to the task of understanding how the embodied, affective sensorimotor experience of self-emerges is developmental psychology,
particularly as it has been described in the works of Daniel Stern (Columbia), Beatrice Beebe (Columbia), Edward Tronick (UMass) and Peter Fonagy
(University College London), whose reconstructions of formation of perception and action - and the way they relate through "meanings"
psychodynamically generated, have been revolutionary for the understanding and treatment of trauma in terms of early-life relational disturbances. I
am such a beneficiary of such views, which is what underlies my own conviction that interacting with your own past is an effort in
semiotic-reconstruction: where past 'semes' can be reconfigured so that old meanings and the semiotic affects they leave in sensorimotor affective
experience can be put to rest, or at the very least, relaxed and controlled by the minds new relation towards it.
The field of attachment theory, kick-started by the British psychiatrist John Bowlby, who combined what was of value in Freud (i.e. transference,
unconscious) with Pierre Janets incisive insights into the nature of trauma and dissociation, with the evolutionary views of Darwin, and the systems
perspective of Uexkull and Bertanlaffy, after studying the effects of the London bombings on infants who were sent outside the city, and who received
little interaction with adults who were understandably being affected by the social chaos around them.
Bowlby came to the conclusion - quite logically - that human infants need love and care, and if they don't receive it, they don't develop right at
either an affective (temperamental) or cognitive (perceptual, symbolic, self-regulatory) level. This view, strangely enough "shook" the Freudian
(essentially gnostic) worldview, being met mostly by skepticism by the male establishment. However, work by Brazelton, Ainswoth, Main and Sroufe, has
via experimental studies of both a latitudinal and longitudinal nature, that Bowlby's evolutionarily informed hypothesis was right on the dot: human
beings are exquisitely sensitive to the relational signs present on the faces of others and implicit in their spoken voices - namely, the "others"
feeling-states. Feeling-states are what the infant first senses, knows, and adapts towards, such that by the time narrative-cognition forms, the mind
is already "fixated" upon a particular perspective on things - essentially whatever it is that the social environment and the interacted with
culture "affords" as a coherent-meaning to the individual.
Given how much meaning is impressed upon the developing brain before language capacities emerge, it is tragic shock to know that the leaders of our
planet suffer from a deep spiritual illness, largely mediated by the explosive reactions that occur when the brain-stem is hardwired to
dissociate signs-of-love from the environment, and is built, from the "ground up", to relate to the world in terms of "fire": to imposes ones own
"truth" upon the world around them.
Gnosticism, in effect, is a Human disease - a virus - that "seizes" the minds of human-beings which, being so sensitive to the divine and
transcendent 'signs' of nature, cannot tolerate the meaning - the light - which shines upon them, because their early-life, as a matter of fact, has
been co-opted by sensory impressions of relational asymmetry; angry voices, angry faces, shame-filled voices, shame-laden faces. These signs are not
innocent, but information that the early brain-stem, mid-brain-cortical connections extract meaning-from. Indeed, the interactions between the various
neural systems constitute a "sign" of what exists or is being interfaced with in the perceptual-surround. Long before the linguistic mind emerges,
life is being given its essential affect-tone and reality-quality.
The fact is, God as a concept is too much for us traumatized humans. Its too much! And anyone who understands how we work will understand the
necessity of "reducing" the informational complexity to the fact of our togetherness: we exist as a single being, yet some of us are so overwhelmed
by their alienation to being itself, as being, that they feel they need to follow through with what they believe to be the case.