Thursday, August 06, 2009

Secrets, Intimacy, and Unconditional Love

What makes us human vs. other life forms:

The rate at which humans are able to learn and adapt (change my behavior by observing past and imagining future events).

a. How does a plant learn to follow the sun? Learning by selection. Memory by genetic coding.
b. How does a child learn a language? Learning by imitation. Memory by neuron coding.

- The ability to transmit learning from one human to another (the role of social behavior)
- The role of secrets, intimacy, and unconditional love in the strategic survival of the human species

Are the highest human functions a manifestation of the species' survival strategy (like unconditional love, which requires putting short term / reactive forces aside in favor of longer-term / proactive forces)?

What is the role of secrets in survival?
What is the role of intimacy in survival?
What is the role of unconditional love (and forgiveness) in survival?
What social patterns are adaptive versus prescriptive?

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