"Embedded Consciousness"

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    This is an area of theory and study that emphasizes how brains evolved and function solely in the context of how it supports the survival and natural evolution of the physical body it’s in. As human intellect expands its boundaries from surviving in caves, bands, or tribes, to arts, sciences, widely social and political interests, it’s too easy to forget the most basic of basic origin and functions of animal brains, which are to enhance day to day survival, and long-term ability to procreate.

    Our most recent brain evolution was rapid, in tandem with other rapid anatomical evolution that enhanced bipedalism, manual dexterity, predatory behaviors (esp. hunting for meat), and so on.

    Briefly off-topic here, I believe our most recent, unusually rapid evolution brought forth such rapid enhancement to species survival that we also accrued dysfunctionalims and pathologies that evolution had insufficient time to correct. Today we face physical problems with our backs, digestive and metabolic anomalies (e.g. diabetes), age-related diseases due to extended lifetimes. Psycho-neurologically we face a wide range of dysfunctions in our most recently evolved neurological mechanisms such as social-behavioral and cognitive circuitry, anxieties (read “Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers”), dyslexia because we can read, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and many other common or unusual variations of conscious experience.

    So back on topic, this topic is specifically about how the primary function of all brains in the animal kingdom and early human evolution was to enhance daily survivability of the body it’s in, and survivability of its species over generations.

    Remember, brains exist to support bodies, not the other way around, despite how it may seem in our self-obsessions. That’s why embedded consciousness is an interesting area of study.

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