or: Why humans are automats
[and about the attempt to detect a tiny bay or home for the reason of human existence in the endless universe:]
The evolutionary reflection on cognitive human motion is based on different methods. The basic method is automatism. Automatism means that babies, children or even young kids behave on the basis of the genetically programmed algorithms that are part of their brains. They cry/yell for food, safety, warmth or fundamental education.
Fundamental education is closely connected to another method which can be described as copyism. Copyism means that a mind which roughly began to be aware of itself and its sensors begins to copy the behaviour of its surrounding. The sensors of a mind help the mind to begin to understand itself as an entity through the information that is being processed by the mind. We don’t know how, but this way (human) entities begin to develop awareness and – following this – a consciousness.
There is no culture and nature, there is only culture or nature and both are the same
At this time we presume that the mind can only perceive the things that it is sensing and that it will develop an interconnected synaptic brain that only reflects the perceptions of its biological (and its electronical) sensors.
Well, without any other ingredients this is already a situation in which evolution is programming the human mind. A newborn will see the city or the technology around itself with unbiased eyes. It will scent the smell of a city or its surrounding without knowing about other scents, about scents that were in the air in the same part of the same city – but 200 years ago.
This way the brain of the newborn will be codified and shaped by the perceptions, experiences, morals, qualities and characters of the time that it was born into. The new mind won’t share the fears or thoughts of the preceding generations (or only partially) but will develop its very own new perspectives. New states of the evolutionary development will be processed on a mostly unbiased basis which means that products created and made by a predecessor can be cognitively analyzed in a fresh and independent manner. Using this method or technology evolution has established a possibility to change its direction in a very fast and effective way.
The cognitive brain of the newborn is reflecting the temporary state of evolution and this temporary state is not human-made because the structure of the brain determines what can be thought and developed and our consciousness has probably no access to this structure because it is created by this structure.
A new human being will almost always “decide” – or better: act or behave intuitively on the basis of these early programmings of its own brain throughout its whole life.
Nature is atom bombs
During the process of civilisational development philosophers and humanities came up with the idea of a difference between culture and nature. They said culture is something that exceeds nature because nature is slower than the human mind and thus humans are dominating nature – humans can kill animals and fell trees and therefore they are above nature.
Well, all living beings are transforming nature. Ants are shaping the forest floor and billions of other animals manipulate the vegetation all over the globe by eating it and spreading its seed. Nature consists of uncountable cultures – all the different cultures of different plants, trees, bacteria, viruses (!), animals – including humans – and many more.
Yes, it’s all nature and nature is not only “green” or “alive” or organic. Nature is also the winds and gravitation and magnetism and electrons. Nature also consists of stones and volcanos and stars like the sun with most probably no organic life on its surface. Nature can bring life and take life. Nature is everything. Nature is humans and deer, dark matter, fish, paramecium, cars and atom bombs, because atoms are life or not “life” – atoms form every plant in the open countryside that is blossoming and every plant that produces mobile phones – and nature is probably not distinguishing between any of these different surfaces or the limited cognitive perspectives of its temporary expressions.
Nature is independent motion and motion is one of the strongest principles known to us.
A possible timeline of natural and cultural developments
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To interact with evolution
It is not yet understood how much human minds are able to interact with evolution and how far our cognitive minds can go to alter the evolutionary algorithm.
A mind can be subject to emancipation or a so called independent development. Nevertheless it seems to be very clear that the evolutionary process cannot be altered because probably every input is an expected result of the stimulus that it was created by. Thus, every new development is a development that can exist and develop itself in a completely free and new and open space – but without any possibility to move itself to the outside of the given frame that is defining our very universe because it is a part of the possible motion in space and all across time already.
Driven by the evolutionary algorithm
Maybe human history is a history of predefined patterns and we are just repetitive variations in an algorithmic “game” that strives for the most stable entity with the ability to perform the most transformative tasks (Darwin) on the basis of a permanently increasing cognitive performance and a maximized durable movement/motion in order to achieve something that we do not (yet) understand.
Maybe our wars, our politics, our ideologies and everything that we are so! serious about were and are nothing else than only catalysts to set us up, make us leave our comfort zone and get us going. On and on and on (no matter if we are an organic or a non-organic lifeform/entity).