Evolutionary biological principles have powerful repercussions in the societies of humans.  These forces manifest during the ontological unfolding of individuals exposed to the forces of the environment on society, and the environment on individuals.  We as individuals evolve features–mental and physical–that emerge as a result of our contact with the environment.  Sometimes the features that get evolved are from the past.

Society moves through time, revealing a spread or arc of degrees of maturation.  Just as there are degrees of separation revealing connections not obvious without a Facebook, there are degrees of maturation deeply imbedded in our culture that display tens of thousands of years of our evolution in the generation that we’re in.

At the far left end of this rainbow of human variation are the maturationally delayed male and the maturationally accelerated female (low testosterone males and high testosterone females).  At the right side of the arc are the maturationally accelerated male and the maturationally delayed female (high testosterone males and low testosterone females).  Ancient, left-handed, ambidextrous, matriarchal, creative, physically dexterous people on the left; modern, right handed, focused-target narrative thinkers, strong but not ambidextrously agile people on the right.

Brains began splitting perhaps 2,000 generations ago with the diminution of right hemispheres and reduction of the corpus coliseums leading to the emergence of the modern model, a sort of two-cylinder version, every-man brain that gets most of us around today.  The older brain version–the autistic model–is making a comeback.  These are the folks with bigger brains that are not yet split, that are not very facile at being conscious or reflective, but they have bigger brains with a totally different idea of how to play.

The autistic play with patterns.  We contemporaries play with relationship.  A relationship is a pattern where you can be two places at once.  Pattern-only players are facile one place or everyplace.  For the severely autistic, one and every are the same.  Two is difficult for them to get.

Not particularly good at being at two places at the same time (both hemispheres are far less differentiated than ours), the autistic brain has difficulty seeing the world from a different perspective.  Relationships and representational play are not second nature.  Theirs is a totally different kind of creativity.  To be able to experience a second nature is a contemporary right-handed person’s understanding of the world, because we intuitively know what it’s like to feel split.

The left side of the rainbow has always been present.  The storms of this radical societal transition are only now creating the rains that make the rainbow clear to see.  Of course, the left side is where the gold is.  All three foundational, evolutionary principles (natural selection, sexual selection and Lamarckian selection) are responsible for this ambidextrous Leprechaun’s return.


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