Living Things

Neurophysiology Common to the Root of All Living Things and its Legacy in the Human Lineage


ALIVENESS
An organism is a self-contained system that persists through time and replicates. These are foundational qualities defining all forms of life. For the vast majority of the time organisms have inhabited Earth (~4/5ths) this was the defining characteristic, and is still the order of business of almost all of the biomass on earth (plant/bacteria/ fungi).

The key discoveries that led to the emergence of life were the biochemical processes which we call metabolism. These are cyclical processes which unfold through time and are not strongly influenced by the spatial dimensions. These processes are very tightly correlated with our gut function. More discussion on the gut here:
GUT FUNCTION

When the metabolic conditions attain a certain favorable threshold, the organism “bifurcates”, following the mandate of life to recreate itself in new ways and extend its reach. In humans, these metabolic processes still dominate our core physiology in the function of our gut and viscera. Further discussion of this core attribute of living things can be found here:
SEXUAL ARCHETYPE

These living systems express in either an open or closed state (dynamic or static state), dependent upon sensory inputs which are dominantly for photo-sensing, olfactory or vibrational stimuli. Common to all of these senses is that they monitor the boundary of the organism in the present moment – responding internally to external stimuli. This “duality” is perhaps the most fundamental archetype of our experience. Some examples:

  • RESPONSIVE/REACTIVE
  • CHALLENGED/OVERWHELMED
  • OPPORTUNITY/PROBLEM
  • ALERT/HYPERVIGILANT

POINT DIMENSION AND ALL LIVING THINGS
Joy/Pleasure


PROTECTION
NOT ANIMALS, NO DEFENSIVE STRATEGY

NEXT EVOLUTIONARY LEAP
THE SUBSET OF ANIMALS

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