How Special Are We?

November 24, 2009 | 1 Comment

Category: Unconscious

Idea has structure based upon how those that create or share societal ideas relate to and are driven by the dynamics of testosterone and estrogen.  This societal structure dynamic, this testosterone-and-estrogen frame of reference, operates in an identical fashion as biological social structure.  For moderns, it’s been particularly difficult to parse out this commonality between biology and society because we’ve been so unaware of the relativity of social structure, because patrifocal social structure has been so ubiquitous in our lives.  Nevertheless, social structure informs culture and biology at the most basic level, the level at which progeny variation is decided.

The idea that idea has structure and that it is informed by sexual hormones is not new.  The pantheon of gods and goddesses in various religions display representations of ideas as specific male or female figures.  What I am considering now is that the idea that there are no new ideas may have its foundation in an understanding that all idea is a reflection of biological social structure and an endocrinological allegiance with one of the ways that the two sexes relate.

We humans indulge in the belief that society is profoundly different from biology.  Because we are able to spend time in what seems like an alternative world made up of ideas, ideas capable of being or not being “true,” we assign ourselves a position that is separate from biology, as if humans were something more than the physical.  This nonuseful belief, nonuseful because it encourages a separation from the environment that is integral to our survival, nonuseful because it engenders an experience of feeling alone, could use a redefining of what exactly being human is.

Humans are split conscious.  If you think that this presupposes that nonhumans are conscious, that is the case.  Because we are split conscious, we have two selves.  Two selves provide us an ability to be two places at once, two times at once, and to imagine something’s opposite.  Imagination is just an ability to maintain two or more positions at the same time.  An idea is simply the result of our ability to be split.

There is the language of animals and there is language as used by humans.  Human language strings together symbols that trail associations (we can only think in symbols because we are split) and stacks those symbols up in a fashion that allows us to become very clear, or relatively clear, about things that do or don’t exist, where we are, or somewhere where we are not.  Though this seems complex, all it really is, is music.  Split-brain music.  With words, things that represent something that is not a word, we build these beautiful structures that may or may not exist.  We can do this because we are two consciousnesses at the same time.

An idea is a doorway.  Yet, it may not be nearly as abstract as we may think.  When we realize that we ourselves are only unique insofar as we maintain two selves instead of one, we can understand that we are neither as special nor as alone as we may have suspected.  Still, ideas can be useful.  There are things we can do that animals cannot.  One of those things is to realize that we are not just closely connected to animals.  We are no different from animals.  We just have the ability to be someplace, and sometime, we are not.


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  1. Mark Stairwalt on December 3, 2009 2:36 am

    I went looking for the Michael McClure quote below, and found a whole paragraph that introduces it pretty well: “McClure’s first book, ‘Passage,’ was published in 1956. Like Gary Snyder he writes poetry infused with the awareness of nature, but McClure’s special interest is in the animal consciousness that too often lies dormant in mankind. He has a consistent message: ‘When a man does not admit that he is an animal, he is less than an animal. Not more but less.'” I read McClure when I was a little too young to really get what he was about, but that sentence did stick with me.

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