reply to post by FoosM
Another problem I have with this theory deals hyperdiffusion and the out of africa theory.
The two really aren't compatible IMO, at least not in the frame of reference that you mention.
So lets say the O.O.A.T is true and modern man first evolved in Africa and then continued to spread around the globe. It is highly unlikely that the
first appearance of man was even remotely sophisticated, compared to the architecture that his descendants created.
IF all of these motiffs were diffused, then shouldnt we be finding extremely ancient(compared to bali/central america) examples of them all over the
world. If there was this golden age society, we should be finding a lot more of their work? We cant expect to believe that ALL of this golden age
architecture is underwater can we?
I believe a lot of the similiarities could be the result of simply-
how humans think. We all have many similarities, especially when it comes to the lower level/functions of the brain nervous system. IE, our drives,
sex drive, the instinct to survive, ect. IMO, the lower a function or drive is, the more common or global it is. So we could think of it as a sliding
scale of shared commonality. The higher a drive is, more variability is present, such as taste in artwork and music. I know its hard to believe, but
humans have a LOT more in common, in terms of how we think, than we consciously realize.
The 8 circuits of consciousness
as proposed by Timothy Leary
1. The oral biosurvival circuit
This circuit is concerned with nourishment, physical safety, comfort and survival, suckling, cuddling etc.
This circuit is imprinted early in infancy. The imprint will normally last for life, unless it is re-imprinted by a powerful experience. Depending on
the nature of the imprint, the organism will tend towards one of two basic attitudes:
-A positive imprint sets up a basic attitude of trust.
-A negative imprint sets up a basic attitude of suspicion.
2. The anal emotional–territorial circuit
The emotional-territorial circuit is imprinted in the toddler stage. It is concerned with domination and submission, territoriality etc.
The imprint on this circuit will trigger one of two states:
-Dominant, aggressive behavior.
-Submissive, co-operative behavior.
3. The symbolic or neurosemantic–dexterity circuit
This circuit is imprinted by human symbol systems. It is concerned with language, handling the environment, invention, calculation, prediction,
building a mental "map" of the universe, physical dexterity, etc.
This circuit is activated by stimulant drugs such as SNIP and SNIP. This circuit supposedly appeared first when hominids started differentiating
from the rest of the primates.
4. The domestic or socio-sexual circuit
This fourth circuit is imprinted by the first orgasm-mating experiences and tribal "morals". It is concerned with sexual pleasure (instead of sexual
reproduction), local definitions of "moral" and "immoral", reproduction, nurture of the young, etc. It is basically concerned with cultural values
and operating within social networks. This circuit is said to have first appeared with the development of tribes.
This is concerned with neurological-somatic feedbacks, feeling high and blissful, somatic reprogramming, etc. It may be called the rapture circuit.
When this circuit is activated, a non-conceptual feeling of well-being arises. This has a beneficial effect on the health of the physical body.
Triggering this effect is the aim of mind-body healing systems such as Christian Science and faith healing.
5. The fifth circuit is consciousness of the body. There is a marked shift from linear visual space to an all-encompassing aesthetic sensory space.
Perceptions are judged not so much for their meaning and utility, but for their aesthetic qualities.
A hedonistic turn-on occurs, a rapturous
amusement, a detachment from the previously compulsive mechanism of the first four circuits.
This circuit is activated by ecstatic experiences via physiological effects of SNIP, Hatha Yoga, tantra and Zen meditation. Robert Anton Wilson
writes, "Tantra yoga is concerned with shifting consciousness entirely into this circuit" and that "Prolonged sexual play without orgasm always
triggers some Circuit V consciousness"
Leary describes that this circuit first appeared in the upper classes, with the development of leisure-class civilizations around 2000 BC.