Abstract - "Brain Catastrophes by the Numbers: Mental Minefields We Must Traverse to Survive"
History strongly suggests that our over-large, complex brains are evolutionarily maladaptive. Virtually un-interrupted homicide, genocide, environmental destruction, and now the possibility of species-wide suicide, leave little room for debate on this point. Clear evidence of this monstrum et machina has surrounded us for millennia.
My studies have resulted in these findings- One: A species-wide jaw-muscle weakening disease, evidenced in the defective human gene myosin-variant MYH-16 which strong-jawed apes do not have, radically reduced muscular constriction of the cranium and allowed early hominin brains to rapidly expand after small brains proved to be successful in upright, tool-using primates for four million years. Two: Transitory hemispheric suppression studies show that the linear, reductionist, male-dominant left brain accepts false propositions merely because the internal structure of the proposition is valid, when the holistic, synthetic, right brain knows from experience that those propositions are false. Since the great majority of government, military and religious leaders are men, this is a huge problem. Three: The non-verbal right brain is the seat of visions, dreams, and perceptions of oneness with our universe, but cannot easily express them. The verbal I, me, mine left brain very often misinterprets holistic right brain phenomena, reducing universal truths to egocentric, localized myths. Over 1200 gods are listed in A Guide to the Gods, and this vast my god is better than your god brain catastrophe has resulted in the deaths of an estimated 809 million humans, whose bodies lined head-to-toe would circle the equator 34.6 times! Four: The dawn of agriculture ushered in two competing concepts that mirror our brain's hemispheres: The right brain nurturing of crops and animals and the left brain acquisition of wealth. Nearly universal female-affirmative goddess cultures provide evidence that both our brain hemispheres and our societies were largely in balance at that time. However, agriculture concentrated and increased food resources, populations, wealth and power so that any added brain catastrophe might be as devastating as a lit match tossed into a gunpowder magazine. Five: The invention of linear alphabets ignited that gunpowder. The abstract letters of l-i-n-e-a-r a-l-p-h-a-b-e-t-s only acquire meaning when perceived in a sequential manner, so reading strongly stimulates the abstract, linear, and sequential left brain. The alphabetic worm - a faulty virus-riddled software program literally re-wires the hard drive in the Apple computers of our brains via epigenetics by creating millions of new glial and neural cells and pathways in the troublesome left brain. The resulting glitches spread throughout the data storage systems of our cultures and then cascade from one generation to the next in our traditions, laws and religious dogmas, to the great detriment of modern humanity largely lacking the positive right brain input of women.
A woodworker by trade, I have no connections to the academic world. I would very much like to form a multi-discipline study group in order to explore solutions to the immense problems my paper illuminates. It could be fleshed out into a substantial right-brain symposium with help from accredited scholars with the fortitude to engage these dilemmas which not only have horns, but hellaciously nasty bites. At present I can only hold on to a flailing tail, yelling, Here be dragons!
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We need to quickly learn how our brain evolved and how it has been and is being epigeneticaly altered by its natural and man-made environs. To deeply study other scholarly fields generated by our brain is "putting the cart before the horse," I fear. Our cultures and everything in them can only be properly explained via the physiology of our brain.
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