Aethelwulf Posted September 7, 2013 Report Share Posted September 7, 2013 (edited) And so it wasn't until I was standing in the kitchen, making something to eat no less, when my cat jumped up and ate a spider. This was of course taking into consideration, I absolutely hate spiders. Being arachnophobic, I have always had an intense fear of spiders. It wasn't until I watched my cat eat this large wolf spider, but while dwelling on the incident, made me realize how much evolution exists in the mind and not so much the body itself when involving human beings. Of course, most phobias are not actually irrational per se, only an unfounded statement that phobias are founded on irrational fears. There is of course, nothing wrong about having acrophobia and realizing that 12 stories up the side of a building, you could fall off to your death. Nor is arachnophobia any more less irrational, especially in countries which have seriously deadly species of arachnids. But what really interested me, was the fact that animals in general, do not have sophisticated degree's of awareness concerning plantlife or even other creatures. Especially creatures which appear far smaller in size to us. Watching the house cat for instance, she will indeed attack any creepy crawly which invades your livingroom and she will also defend the ranks against anything miniscule which flies the air. The dog is the same, especially when outside, it naturally wants to destroy and devour anything which crawls or flies. What a breed apart we are then, when we think about the human being today in this day and age. Often due to phobia, spiders are often intolerable, it involves other common phobia's related to insects, such as snakes and even cockroaches. Anything which exists in large amounts compact into a small quantity of agents is often hated by the average human. This may involve nests of insects, like ants or even a nest of baby spiders residing on the back of their mother. We absolutely detest such things. So why don't animals? What is it about phobia's which seem to be part of our genetic make up. I think it is genetic because my father also had fear of spiders. But then you could get Fraudian I suppose and state that I inherited the condition psychologically from my father. But I don't believe this to be case. When I was very young, barely 6 years old, I remember sitting outside and being aware of my first incident with a spider. It was a fat spider, distinguished and very hairy. I also remember the spider sitting a well-spun web, shining in the light of the sun. It terrified me. It's shape, the way it moved, the way it generally looked all just activated something inside of me, telling me to stay away from it. It was the product of fear. What was telling me to stay away from it? I can only imagine it had something to do with something genetically-hidden inside of me. My ancestors may have originated from a region of the Earth, which is either now, or was, plauged with deadly spiders. Somehow, the conscious experience and physical attack are somehow combined in my make up. Somehow, my gene's remember over long periods of time that spiders in general, where something to stay clear of. What was created was a psychological phobia of the said creature. It is true, the Darwinian school of thought, that creatures on Earth fight in the arena of the most fittest. But there is not only the physical case, but there is also an evolution present in the psyche. It takes control of the psyche by writing in the genetic function telling us to stay away from deadly creatures or even situations. At one time, these things where not as ''irrational'' as they may seem today. It only has to do with a rapid change in your environment as a ratio over the days you spent in such harsh climates. Your body is constantly storing information about your environment but more surprisingly, it is storing this in the gene's which help maintain your neural networks. Your neural network as a consequence, will understand then for your offspring, the correct psychological responses in a situation. This involves rationalization of the situation as well. However, it is hard to be rational in the face of an uncontrollable fear written into your genes. But the most important thing... ... what seems clear though, is that the experience manifests as a real physical signature in the function of consciousness! Somehow our experience, the functions involving consciousness itself is manifest in the gene make up of the human being. The only way for this to happen is if there is a back-reaction of the mind onto matter. We often think of the personal sphere of consciousness as an incorporeal substance, a non-physical construct of an otherwise physical system (brain). A thought after all, does not contain matter, it is a product of matter. It is in fact, emergent from the electrical and biochemical interactions of the neural system. A thought, an experience even can be written in terms of neural networks, but when anyone asks you to find the physical nature of a thought, often those particles no longer exists. But interestingly, a subject may still remember them. The only way this could happen is if certain attributes, only semi-physical in nature is shared throughout a neural network. Information is somehow apart of all this physical distribution of attributes. Our bodies continuously write this knowledge in that it partakes in the whole. Our minds are not outside this influence... in fact, it is very much central in the fold of evolution. 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