A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir;#11: Progress, 2 Visions, and Abe Lincoln

Filed under: God, Group Selection, History, Language, Summary of Philosophy

I came to an understanding that the secular progress in the history of our fallen species has been due the long evolved capacity for individuals to construct and subjugate themselves to rules of fairness in the form of secular law in ever expanding groups. Under the authority of law, political and economic competition has progressively …

Read More

A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir; #10: The Genius of Vanity

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Language, Summary of Philosophy

Freud’s observation that humans are hypersexual has become such a cultural staple to have settled in as the sitcom-with-canned-laughter cash-cow. Although I had long been steeped in Darwin’s theories of sexual selection and sexual display, I hadn’t put the two together until I read Geoffrey Miller’s book, The Mating Mind (2000), the thesis of which …

Read More

A Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir; #9: The Narrative

Filed under: Language, Summary of Philosophy

I concluded that, in order for the newly evolved hominid entity of group authority to coordinate group behavior, a new form of communication evolved in which all group members had to be constantly gesturing to each other in order to “stay on the same page,” similar to the mutual interactions with constant small adjustments of …

Read More

Language: What Chimps can’t do clearly explained & the link with monogamy

Filed under: Evolution of Emotion, Language

The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the Brain (1997) by Terrence Deacon, a neuroscientist and evolutionary anthropologist is a great book. Here is an independent thinker with an abundance of commonsense writing about the core issue of language and evolution. It has been more than twelve years since I began my love affair …

Read More

The Innovation of Language at the Dawn of Creation 6M yrs Ago

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolution of Emotion, Language | 2 Comments

By means of the transformation rendered by by selection inclusion between dominance and submission mentalities, a new kind of organism emerged comprised of twenty or thirty individuals made up of four to seven families. These newly organismic group entities were connected to one another by the full range of kinship and in-law relationships by virtue …

Read More

Dating the Emotional Fossil of Mania

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Language

Vital to dating a fossil is to be able to carefully evaluate the surrounding stratum in which the fossil is found which possibly could be accurately dated.  Embedded within the symptoms of the manic phase of bipolar disorder is the equivalent of such a stratum, which is clearly of strictly Homo sapiens origin.  One of …

Read More

The Law of Parsimony (excerpt from the book)

Filed under: Evolutionary psychology, Language

Ordinarily, the principle of parsimony in evolutionary biology refers to the assumption that similar traits in closely related living species, in this case, chimpanzees, bonobos, and humans all derive from our common ancestor.  Frans deWaal and Christopher Boehm have argued respectively that empathy and the capacity for conflict resolution are traits shared by all three …

Read More

In “MORAL ORIGINS,” Christopher Boehm reminds us that EGALITARIANISM IS PART OF HUMAN NATURE

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolutionary psychology, God, Language | 2 Comments

Most people are not aware that our own Homo sapiens species within our original hunter gatherer bands were decidedly not hierarchical.  In Hierarchy in the Forest, the evolution of egalitarian behavior (1999,) Christopher Boehm brought to my attention one of the most important enigmas to be solved in the subject of human evolution: how and …

Read More

God FAQ: How Do We Know God Is Still Alive #3 – Modern History: The Reconstitution of God’s Justice through the Rise of Secular Law

Filed under: FAQ's about God, God, Language | 2 Comments

We have understood that by means of the process of selection inclusion, the individual dominance mentalities of kinship groups Ascended into the authority of God dispensing justice and evolved over 6 million years the power of multiples of individuals to work together under a single Will.  We have understood that our own Homo sapiens species …

Read More

God FAQ: Why Do Religions – Particularly Those with One God – Fight So Much? #2 the role of SEX in war

Filed under: FAQ's about God, History, Language, Sexual Selection

The larger question in this series of posts is why monotheistic religions fight so much. The short answer to that question is very simple. The monotheistic, Abrahamic religions have discovered the reality that all human power derives from a single, living Will usually called God. This force brought prosperity to the ancient peoples that walked …

Read More

The Ascendance of Dominance

Filed under: Dominance and Submission, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Group Selection, Language, Self domestication, Sexual Selection

Recall that Tim White’s team of Ardipithecus ramidus experts chose Owen Lovejoy to interpret that the mating system of this founding species of our hominid Family was monogamous.  Recall also that this is reinforced by the finding that the mating systems of the founding species of all the other super-cooperative species besides us (insects) were …

Read More

Back to Language: Super-Cooperation in Insects vs. Coordination in Organisms

Filed under: Group Selection, Language

William Hamilton, the originator of the idea of “inclusive fitness,” in which gene level selection (selfish genes) occurs, recalls the moment when he “had come to the realization that the genome wasn’t the monolithic data bank plus executive team devoted to one project-keeping oneself alive and having babies-that I had hitherto imagined it to be.  …

Read More

Emotional Fossils IV – Mania and the Genius of Vanity

Filed under: Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Language, Sexual Selection | 6 Comments

Mania is not usually thought of by itself because it is almost always followed by depression, hence the names Manic Depression or the current Bipolar Disorder.  However, while the shutdown response is simultaneous with the underlying emotional hyperactivity in major depression, it is manifested serially in Bipolar Disorder.  So, the manic part of this condition …

Read More

STRONG GROUP SELECTION, LANGUAGE, AND BIPEDALITY

Filed under: God, Group Selection, Language, Sexual Selection | 6 Comments

Let’s accept the premise, without understanding it exactly, that, by a mechanism similar to sexual selection, the dominance mentalities of 20-30 monogamously mated hominids began to be selected at the level of their group to select obedience to the essence of the  Ten Commandments in all of their submissive mentalities.  In addition to obedience to  …

Read More

%d bloggers like this: