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|Sun, May 04 2008||4000||Appendicitis||
A view of human psychology as driven by undesired
forces of evolution might be clearer with an illustration.
The appendix does not have a known purpose
for its existence.
Since every part or organ must have had a survival reason
to come to existence,
and if it now has no such reason,
than it must have had one in the past for which it came
to existence and had a function important for the survival
of its owner.
This was a long time ago, and initially, this organ
was miniscule in structure and function,
yet slightly beneficial.
Over many generations of variation of this initially miniscule
addition, nature selected the most beneficial variations,
and this organ became potent in its function,
(albeit yet unknown to science).
This happened in some ancient organism,
the first one to have the original form of the appendix.
Later, changes in environmental needs made this organ useless.
While it may have been near perfect for its function
at the time, its function had just become useless for survival.
The minute variations that still do occur with this organ,
will no longer be keenly preserved and improved by natural
selection, but rather ignored.
In time this organ becomes rudimentary, and
today we call it the appendix.
But the appendix is fatal, in some cases.
Being that it is otherwise useless,
if evolution has had its chance at it,
it would have totally eliminated it.
It did not, because it hasn't had enough time.
It is not clear if our first ancestor who could care less about
this organ existed 20 million years ago, or 200 million years
In any case, there was not enough time from when the
appendix became a sometimes fatal organ till now.
Animals in nature always strive to obtain food.
Any triggered response that would correlate the presence
of food with some other perceptible information from the
surroundings is beneficial for survival.
Natural selection will seize on it, and further develop its
qualities, in some cases causing automatic responses
to enhance the efficiency of consuming the food.
It is simple to see how the drooling in advance of the
presence of food can make an animal more efficient in
consuming it, thereby giving it advantage over its completion
in the struggle for existence
Let us look again at Pavlov's dog.
The food-bell response is not necessary for survival at all,
especially in the case of Pavlov's Dog, who most clearly
survived, as attested by the experiment, without the
presence of food.
Such is not the case with the Orangutan,
where any small variation in this respect might be critical,
but indeed such is in fact the case with man.
This difference between man and the Orangutan in this
respect is important. It comes from the fact that the
Orangutan is in a time period of its development
where it is striving to survive, while mankind is flourishing.
Since noSoul is concerned with psychology,
the organ in question is the human brain,
or more precisely, the parts of the brain that are human.
(no specific definition is attempted).
Animals in nature (as opposed to domesticated animals),
do not have emotional problems, as long as they are perfect,
and most are, especially in this respect.
From this is implied that emotional problems belong to the human part of the brain.
The human brain, much like the hands of the Orangutan
was in development from some 2,000,000 years ago,
and until some 100,000 years ago.
At that point evolution stopped its selection work.
Not because mankind became perfect,
but because it started an expansion stage, where
mankind doesn't die enough for natural selection to destroy
Unlike the orangutan -
which will unfortunatly become extinct long before evolution
has had the chance to perfect its hands -
mankind is flourishing, ever increasing in numbers.
The evolution stage of the human brain is mid-development,
which stopped about 100,000 years ago,
when we first called the new creature - man.
From an evolutionary perspective, this is not a problem at all:
In time the geometrical growth rate will cause mankind
to overfill the planet, and death will come plenty.
From then on, over many more generations,
natural selection will perfect the human brain,
at a high death price.
Just like anything else in nature.
From a psychological perspective, mankind is frozen in a
snapshot split second of an evolutionary time period,
where the brain is in some "constant" stage,
and happens to have a lot of very complex appendices in it,
and they sometimes cause problems.