Vertebrate Physiology’s Legacy in our Human Lineage
MOVEMENT IN THE LINE DIMENSION
Intrinsic to being able to move is to have somewhere to go. Seeing something, recognizing it and making the choice to move towards or away from it, or do nothing, was a profound evolutionary leap into the origins of intentional action. This leap extended Life into a new dimension – the line. This paradigm shift was perhaps the most challenging as it required the convergence of:
1) A way to move forward and backward in a controlled manner.
2) A way to sense something that was not in contact with the life form, which required visual or auditory processing. Visual processing is the first to emerge.
3) A way to make a decision about what had been seen based on multiple factors (forming an INTENTION). If prey was seen, predation had to be evaluated against hunger and risk. This requires a primitive sense of the passage of Time – predicting the future based on past experience. SELF/OTHER More discussion on the utilization of the dimension Time as a cognitive mechanism here:
In our ancestral lineage creatures that evolved to make use of the line, dimension were those that developed a central nervous system and vertebral column.
JAW VERTEBRATES + GAIT
ENNEAGRAM: ACTION/ANGER Safety in doing
Fight or Flight: Safety in POWER
TERRITORIALITY / COMPETITIVENESS/GREED
NEXT EVOLUTIONARY LEAP
THE SUBSET MAMMALS