Nature provides, but how it all comes about is still one of life’s biggest mysteries. And mind is a concept of widely – and frequently wildly – differing interpretations. Where nature and mind meet, we find the burning question – how do we evolve awareness and thinking?
Few answers, but would it be a surprise to find that improving on accurate understanding of reality is at least on the agenda? If survival and reproduction are basic biological imperatives, then mastery of figuring out what’s really going on would be a huge contributor to ensuring we continue as a species into the future.
It’s not hard to imagine that the better we are at reality checking, the fewer potentially lethal errors we’ll make. But there’s still so much we don’t know. The idea of there being a top end to having a solid handle on it all seems a little remote. There are signs of progress, though – and some obvious clues of what to pay attention to.
The spread of literacy sparked an upsurge in human curiosity. Inventiveness really took off. The most notable activity has been in the:
What You See Isn’t What You Get Department
People have come up with theories and tools that make what’s invisible – and beyond our capacity to hear, feel, smell, or taste, real to us in ways we wouldn’t have much hope of ever developing naturally – at least as far as we know at this point. But this kind of ingenuity – moving us from our concrete experience of ourselves, each other, and the world – to what exists but can only be understood indirectly, points to what needs more attention.
Objective thinking – our logical, critical, empirical and ethical ways of understanding reality have their subjecting thinking counterparts: curiosity, intuition, imagination and prediction. And these last four faculties are the most needed when attempting to discover what’s for real in the invisible world. How is it that subjective mind – and the highly useful thinking it generates – not only gets the least attention, what little it does get isn’t very supportive? In fact, at times, the attitudes of many out-and-out undermine it.
Ideas Whose Time Came Along
Back in the day, many inventors – and other alternative thinkers – were viewed with suspicion. Theorists mostly kept their ideas to themselves and might not ever let them out of the bag unless they could come up with a workable way to demonstrate. Those who managed to come up with useful machines sometimes managed to convince the “right” people to pay attention. But who knows how many viable possibilities never saw the light of day?
No matter how doubting a person might be about intuitive and other subjective aspects of mind, it would be hard to imagine he or she wouldn’t appreciate the Geiger counter. It’s quite nice to be able to test for radioactivity and avoid death. And without the help of subjective mind, such a gadget would never have been conceived.
Airplanes out on air – something we only notice by touch, unless it’s blowing what’s visible or smell-able around. Diagnostic tools such as x-ray machines, CAT scanners are medical staples that make great use of what human senses just can’t pick up. Little things we so take for granted – radio, TV, computers, microwave ovens – all relied on using the other half of mind to explore what might be just out of reach of human energy detection.
Let’s face it, most of what we’re taught only considers the objective. The rest is limited to what’s regarded as proven – and widely taken advantage of for objective purposes. To go any further than this, we’re pretty much on our own. But even with all the evidence available, the subjective side of understanding reality can still rile up resistance from those who write intuitive thinking off as impossible, or worse.
Making the Most of What We Have Upstairs
The firing up of thinking capacity that reading seems to have triggered, has speeded progress. It’s possible that some of this savvy has at least somewhat altered human intelligence in heritable ways. Unfortunately, epigenetics is just at it’s beginning – only time will tell. But think of the potential if subjective mind were better understood and developed, even if nothing that could be passed on came of it. What kinds non – genetic evolving over generations might this might encourage?
What we can’t detect by biological means is the usual in our environment – and perhaps well outside of it. And this situation is reflected by the workings of our own minds. Learning to understand the kind of thinking best suited to deal with this reality rates at least equal time with the more conventional ways of inquiring and sussing things out. What’s yet to be detected between our own ears matters. It isn’t as though intuitive intelligence hasn’t demonstrated it’s incredible usefulness in concrete terms. Minds were meant to evolve – and the invisible possibilities here are begging for our notice.