The Emergence of Mind*

May, 2000 & January, 2003

I. In the beginning:

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II. And then there developed human beings.

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III. Human beings multiplied and prospered during interglacial periods.   Euroamericans came to believe that reality was the experience of the interval between zero on the left and infinity on the right.

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IV. Having forgotten their origins - and mistaking the map for the territory - Euroamericans became progressively less aware that other realities were possible. 

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V. Comment. Well, as some may have noticed, these illustrations are certainly reminiscent of G. Spencer Brown's thoughts (Laws of Form, NY: The Julian Press, pgs 105, 106, 1972):

   "Thus we cannot escape the fact that the world we know is constructed in order (and thus in such a way as to be able)to see itself.
    This is indeed amazing.
    Not so much in view of what it sees, although this may appear fantastic enough, but in respect of the fact that it can see at all.
    But in order to do so, evidently, it must first cut itself up into at least one state which sees , and at least one other state which is seen. In this severed and mutilated condition, whatever it sees is only partially itself. We may take it that the world undoubtedly is itself (i.e. is indistinct from itself), but, in any attempt to see itself as an object, it must, equally undoubtedly, act so as to make itself distinct from, and therefore false to, itself. In this condition it will always partially elude itself.
    It seems hard to find an acceptable answer to the question of how or why the world conceives a desire, and discovers an ability, to see itself, and appears to suffer the process. That it does so is sometimes called the original mystery. Perhaps, in view of the form in which we presently take ourselves to exist, the mystery arises from our insistence on framing a question where there is, in reality, nothing to question."
And so draws to a close the journey that began when I first noticed something that I did not understand. And, as Brown noted (ibid, pg. 106) with regard to his mathematical journey in developing the laws of form,
"...we see that our journey was, in its preconception, unnecessary, although its formal course, once we had set out upon it, was inevitable."

*Based on the model of embodied human consciousness which states that consciousness = awareness cubed (C = A3). See Stoney, 1998.