What if Chinese biophysicists are right? What if “…our consciousness is subject to evolutionary development…?” Popp, 254
What if the second happens directly because the first does?
I was thinking about increased complexity as a good thing in life. I was thinking that my mother was too simple. She created an environment that was too simple for me. As a result of this, I got a changed body-brain – a different one from hers, obviously, but one like hers because we each shared related experiences as we developed.
The simple, unconsciously-driven world of my mother’s and mine went like this: “Let’s play a game. I’ll be the mean monster mother who hates and hurts you. You try to survive me.”
Day after day, week in, week out, year in and year out. Same old game. Nothing original in that! Nothing that increased the complexity of our relationship. Nothing that fed an increase in complex communication between us. Nothing that challenged me to THINK.
Of course the isolation my mother enforced for me kept me from developing any diverse and increasingly complex relationships with anyone else, either.
Popp, the Chinese biophysicist mentioned above, also writes about a theory that – “essentially claims that the guide-line of evolution is the expansion of coherent states.”
Nothing very coherent about my mother’s state, and thus, because she had kept so much control over me from birth, was there much coherence in my state, or in our relationship. Just the same old ‘game’ repeated over and over again.
When I think about an ‘evolutionarily altered brain’ the way Teicher describes it, I think about far earlier years in the experience of our species when ‘group think’ had not evolved into ‘individual think’. Considering our species has only had spoken language for about 140,000 years, it doesn’t take much imagination to picture communication happening back then in far more simple and primitive ways.
(‘Group think’, to me, has different boundaries. My mother included me as a part of her group – not mine. Actually, she and I were an enmeshed group of one! Her – and me as her projection. I could not escape to become a separate more complex and differentiated person – like constantly fighting being sucked into a black hole – unable to escape a gravitational pull. An individual has to become increasingly differentiated from the ‘group’ – or we remain (develop into) a more ‘ancient’ being than a ‘modern’ one.)
So, what if simply put, both mine and my mother’s childhoods were just too primitive and simple: Survive? Hard to get increased complexity (and a matching ‘evolutionarily advanced brain’) out of that situation!