Split Consciousness

December 21, 2009 | 2 Comments

Category: Society, Unconscious

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.


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  1. Tetsuya Sellers on January 16, 2010 4:36 am

    Your website is very interesting. To start with, you might want to check out Templle Grandin’s site, titled Consciousness in Animals and People with Autism
    She also has a link titled Thinking the Way Animals Do, which is worth reading since its on the same subject. She clearly doesn’t mind accepting our inherent primitiveness, primitive coming of course from the word prime, or indivisible, or one, to put it mystically.
    I’m sure you’re familiar with Taoist philosophy? I think the best online translations are the Lin Yutang translations of Tao te Ching and Chuang Tsu. Taoism was one of the philosophies developped during the Waring States Period when extreme male agression and rigid state ceremony was the order of the day. Lao Tsu was arguing against the other philosophers for concernning themselves with their various dogmas.
    Another interesting site to look at is ugkrishnamurti.net. There are four good books, the most pleasurable ones being “The Mistique of Enlightenment,” and “A Taste of Death,” by Mahesh Batt. There is also a video and audio archive of UG with the most insightfull interviews with Willem de Ridder, one video and three audio interview. (Biren Katy is boring) UG was born in a very religious atmosphere and wanted to become an enlightened man, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, or the various gurus. He realized then that anything he was doing to free himself from thought was only strengthening the self, because it was also a self-centered activity. So he talks about religion and culture, as being based on immages and representations instead of the reality, and how they were attempts to mend the wounds created by self-consciousness. Thought is Your Enemy and No Way Out are books detailing his realistic philosophy, includeing conversation with a sex therapist, a phycisian, and scientist.
    For me, I have experienced a number of times what you could call undifferenitiated consciousness, mostly when I was ungoing extreme long duration stress over a three-year period. It’s the body’s way of trying to cleanse itself as best it can, though it can never do it completely. You literally feel like you are just a character in a movie/dream, but the dream is more real then normal because the snse organs are hightened and so is the physical response, which means that there is neither positive nor negative in this state.. Peopletry to replicate this by putting themselves in stressfull situations, but then that becomes just another program from thinking. After all, they say you can’t come up unless you hit bottom, touch bottom, scrape bottom…

  2. Andrew on January 16, 2010 8:04 am

    Hi Tetsuya,

    Thank you for the recommendations. It sounds like you’ve had a lot of interesting experiences. Please consider writing an essay on this subject, particularly as it regards autism or Grandin’s work, and submitting to shiftjournal.com….

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