By presupposing that consciousness or our relationship with consciousness is integral to the kind of evolutionary theory we can create, this work seeks to make part of the equation of our theorizing the actual way that we theorize. Many Neo-Darwinists make direct correlations between their interpretation of Darwin’s theory of natural selection and a materialist, atheistic world view, making it clear that a theory featuring randomness supports a world view with no mythology. I also make connections between theory and a world view with no mythology, except my understanding of the world is informed by presupposing interconnection.
This interconnection that I presuppose can be described as consciousness or awareness. I assign consciousness to everything that exhibits life. I consider it possible that consciousness is a feature of all that exists and does not exist. I sometimes explore if presupposing this to be the case offers any insight regarding the assigning of biological principles to a cosmic scale. Significant to this work is the hypothesis that human beings are split conscious beings, and that this split consciousness can be explored in detail.
By assuming that life exhibits consciousness, embracing consciousness as integral to understanding life and evolution, and distinguishing human consciousness as a unique form of consciousness that displays as a twin or two, I break down and describe that which is unique about human evolution. We are split consciousness beings (after we have grown past infancy, and while we’re awake) that have abandoned primary process (one time, one place, no opposites) to revel in language and imagination. We live in a world of stacked associations, barely able to experience waking life outside the context of our ability to manufacture experience. This is a function of our being able to be two places at once, two times at once, and being able to imagine something’s opposite. This is because we maintain two consciousnesses. This is directly related to how we evolved and the particular ways our brains were influenced by that evolution.
I offer a hypothesis describing how this came about and the useful implications of this premise. It is a hypothesis that bridges biology and society and offers interventions for a number of conditions and diseases. I am both suggesting that what we describe as unique human self awareness is understandable and not so special while at the same time celebrating this particular way that we are unique. Consciousness is ubiquitous. Split consciousness is unique. Nevertheless, for most of us, it feels like it is the other way around.