Tony Wright is creating 'Children of the Forest'; Restoring Our Symbiotic Brain & Mind.
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I set up this page to request support to help complete a project that could transform our ideas of who or what we are.



A quick question to begin...

What would a sane response be if, both individually and collectively, we became aware that we were afflicted with a progressive dementia- like neurological condition, one that left us almost blind to its existence and that resulted in our being mired in a spectrum of severely compromised senses and abilities and seriously dysfunctional behaviour that affected absolutely everything we are doing?

Would there be no change or would we perform an emergency stop, drop everything and urgently prioritise the diagnosis of the condition and begin treating it?




Have we lost our symbiotic mind?




I have been developing a theory explaining why our distant ancestors evolved an incredibly rare symbiotic brain that exhibited exceptional abilities, extraordinary perception and a sense of self the lies almost beyond our current comprehension.
The same theory presents a clear diagnosis as to why our symbiotic brain has quite literally been eroding away with its associated traits and abilities having virtually disappeared.
This has left us in an extremely delusional and self destructive state of mind and yet we are blind to the severity of the situation.
Finally and most importantly, if the above diagnosis is accurate, it offers a powerful combination of treatments that can begin to quickly restore the kind of abilities and sense of self alluded to in ancient mythological and spiritual traditions.
If the theory is valid and the project is successful it will have a huge impact on how we as a species perceive ourselves and respond to the enormous challenges we face.


   
In the early 1990's I started a project which tried to make sense of why we humans behave as if we are mad. I concluded quite quickly that there was something seriously messed up with our brain.
A slowly worsening dementia- like condition with an insidious perceptual twist that becomes ever more difficult for us to recognise has greatly limited our perception and afflicted us with very dysfunctional and self-destructive mode of behaviour.

At a fundamental level we have lost the capacity to experience and recognise who or what we are.
The idea that a serious problem with our brain could explain our collective behaviour is a challenging one. It does however make for a compelling diagnosis and if as it appears the condition is treatable. An accurate diagnosis also offers a rapid and transformative human scale solution to the overwhelming symptoms such a condition would inevitably create.

The condition is the result of 'post symbiotic reversion', see below... 


Objectives


If the theory or diagnosis of a serious neurological condition is anywhere near accurate then the biggest challenge is how to effectively communicate this, given that any such theory would predict our capacity to recognise such a condition to have been severely compromised.

Raise and address the question of our collective sanity with specific reference to a serious neurological condition.

Collaborate to articulate and communicate the theory in elegant and accessible formats to initiate the widest possible debate; this is a skill I do not have.


First phase


New web site, 'Children of the Forest' (under construction)

Restoration of a couple of older web sites that were recently lost; They provide substantial context and relevant data.

Collaboration on an academic paper.
An outline of humanity's symbiotic origins.

Collaboration on a new book
'Children of the Forest'
'The Symbiotic Origins of Humankind'

Develop proposals for one or more documentaries on symbiotic origins, several interested parties.

Develop new graphics to demonstrate neural expansion and juvenilisation as a function of symbiosis.

Develop an animated summary of the basic theory and mechanisms.

Experiments develop a protocol to test key elements of theory.


Second Phase


Collaboration on an academic paper.
An outline of post symbiotic reversion.

Collaboration on a new book
'Dying to Believe'
(Post Symbiotic Reversion Syndrome, A Diagnosis of the Human Condition)

Develop proposal for a documentary on post symbiotic reversion.

Develop new graphics to demonstrate neural erosion and asymmetric maturation as a result of post symbiotic reversion.


Third Phase


If these initial phases go well then quite obviously the focus will shift to treatment and prevention. However without a clear and compelling diagnosis there is unlikely to be significant awareness or interest in potentially simple solutions.


Some context


Our sense of who and what we are, our perception, cognitive ability and behaviour are effectively a function of the precise neural architecture and specific neuro-chemical regime of our brain.

There is compelling evidence that the neural architecture and the neuro-chemical regime of our brain has changed out of all recognition.



Summary


Our distant mammalian ancestors formed a symbiotic relationship with the juvenilising reproductive organs of the angiosperms.
The symbiotic relationship modified and juvenilised our mammalian neuro-endocrine system.
The combined effect eventually resulted in the proliferation and accelerating expansion of an increasingly juvenile and relatively undifferentiated new brain (neo-cortex).
Our neo-cortex was effectively a hybrid, part mammal, part plant, a complex emergent structure entirely the product of symbiosis.
As an emergent structure our neo-cortex was completely dependent on the symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms reproductive organs to maintain its unique neural architecture and hybrid neuro-chemical regime.
Any emergent traits, perceptual abilities or enhanced sense of self associated with our symbiotic neo-cortex would also be completely dependent on maintaining the complex molecular ecology that the symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms reproductive organs provided.
When the symbiotic relationship broke down our juvenile physiology began to mature, differentiate and revert to that of a more typical mammal.
The structure of our neo-cortex also began to mature, differentiate and revert to that of a more typical mammal.
Genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres resulted in the left hemisphere maturing, differentiating and reverting much more quickly than the right hemisphere.


A bit more detail...


These are somewhat dense and rough outlines of some of the key pieces of the jigsaw. They will need quite a bit of unpacking to create a clearer picture. The objective of this project is to do just that, create a range of accessible formats making the case that a serious but treatable neurological condition underlies the serious flaws in our perception and the kinds of dissonant beliefs, society and culture that inevitably result.

This video presentation will help provide a basic framework.

Specifically I have proposed that our ancestral mammalian genome with its genetically asymmetric mammalian brain was effectively immersed in the most complex molecular ecology biological evolution has ever created. An increasingly entangled symbiotic relationship via the sustained ingestion of angiosperm reproductive organs resulted in a unique and rare form of co-evolution that would eventually have a huge impact on our basic physiology and particularly our brain and associated sense of self.

The trans-generational effects over evolutionary time scales are only possible if the symbiotic relationship is sustained 24/7 which requires perpetual fruit production. This can only happen in non seasonal equatorial forest where stable day-length, temperature and rainfall facilitate year round fruiting.

The symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms was incredibly rich in anti-oxidants, included a vast cocktail of neuro-active chemicals and, most importantly of all, a flood of hormonally active compounds. These compounds modified our basic mammalian neuro-endocrine system in part by modulating and diluting the activity of our mammalian sex steroids. Sex steroids such as oestrogens and testosterone are central players in all aspects of mammalian development, structure and function and play a particularly important role in the development and function of our brain. (Rather conveniently for an expanding fuel hungry brain, simple neuron friendly sugar molecules were included in the package).

The hormonally active compounds created an increasingly juvenilising and to some degree feminising environment. This directly modified key developmental windows by modifying the way our DNA was being expressed and that in turn changed the structure and function of our basic physiology. The impact was greatest on our hormonally sensitive brain.

From this very unusual mix a more juvenile form emerged with a more juvenile and relatively undifferentiated new executive layer of neural tissue (expanding neo-cortex). As our brain regulates our own hormone system a more juvenile brain results in a more juvenile endocrine system. The direct juvenilising impact of the symbiotic relationship is then augmented by a much more powerful juvenilising effect: that of our own endocrine system. Slowly at first but with each generation an incrementally more juvenilising symbiotic environment emerged with the potential to form a runaway feedback loop.

The degree that structural and functional cerebral asymmetry is expressed is primarily a function of steroid activity. As steroid activity was progressively modulated, the expression of cerebral asymmetry was slowly reduced resulting in more or less uniformly juvenile neo-cortex, particularly the rapidly proliferating most recent layers.

This pattern is still seen in our current development from juvenile (minimal cerebral asymmetry) to mature female (more cerebral asymmetry) to masculinised female or mature male (greatest cerebral asymmetry).

In our ancestral lineage this is what happened: We were transformed by the angiosperms into a radically different kind of organism with a rapidly expanding new kind of brain that had some very unusual traits. These traits included very high cognitive function, a voracious lifelong capacity for assimilating new experience and knowledge, a more child like psychology including empathy, co-operation, altruism, playfulness and a deep and profound experience of connectedness to each other and our wider ecology.

A proliferating mass of increasingly undifferentiated neural cells opens the door to a wholly new kind of function. Rather than functioning exclusively as networks of information highways involved in specific roles as we currently understand, the new executive tissue could activate or operate in unison, behaving more like a massive single cell than billions of individual cells.

(This may relate to the developing theories that consciousness is a product of quantum coherence in sub cellular structures such as  microtubules. If this or something similar is the underlying mechanism or interface for the emergence of consciousness, then sub-cellular quantum coherence would be more likely to propagate and expand via resonance into coherent brain wide states through undifferentiated neural tissue.)

By delaying the normal maturation and differentiation process at all stages of early development the new brain proliferates resulting in rapid expansion. This is where size makes a difference, while the capacity for unified and coherent activity was the most unique trait to emerge; a greater mass of undifferentiated neural tissue equals the potential for more powerful coherent states.
Using the analogy of an insect’s compound eye where a mass of individual lenses work together to facilitate a coherent image the mass of undifferentiated neural cells light up together to facilitate our sense of self.

During typical mammalian development the juvenile window is one of great plasticity and rapid assimilation of novel experience. The hormonal changes required for sexual differentiation, maturation and reproduction all work at a cellular level. The same hormones have a similar differentiating effect on the brain reducing plasticity and limiting its ability to perceive reality and the capacity to assimilate novel experience. What is learned during the juvenile window becomes the default or conditioned response as the neural tissue loses plasticity and can no longer maintain a fluid real time response, escaping the limits of this process becomes more difficult with age. This trade off is clearly a successful survival strategy for most species however there may be reasons why this maturation mechanism has come back to haunt us in a very damaging way.

By permanently inhibiting the normal maturation and differentiation process the new brain never fully matured. It escaped the typical differentiation and ossification process that begins to substitute perception of reality with abstract thinking and learned or conditioned behaviour.
Increasingly freed from the limits of conditioned behaviour the new brain operated permanently in real time and eventually reached a critical mass of powerful coherence capable of facilitating a high resolution sense of self that today we would describe as divine.

With co-evolving symbiotic relationships over evolutionary time scales the boundaries between the symbiotic species can blur and one or both can become a new symbiotic species. The structures and traits that emerge during these kinds of symbiotic relationships such our new brain are wholly integrated and entirely dependent on the bio-chemically rich symbiotic molecular ecology for ‘normal’ function.


Post symbiotic reversion


When a symbiotic relationship of this kind breaks down the emergent or hybrid structures and properties inevitably change and can start to erode or disappear.

Whatever the cause of the breakdown, the incredibly complex and sensitive new brain is effectively torn from its unique womb like symbiotic host where it was completely integrated having co-evolved for millions of years.

Presuming the symbiont can survive such a major breakdown, it returns in part to its pre-symbiotic state. In this case, because the relationship involved an incrementally modified neuro-endocrine system, the reversion process involving the neuro-endocrine system is not immediate but similar to initial emergent process. i.e. slow at first accelerating over time.

The reversion process is a complex story. If something like this did happen it would have had a huge impact on all aspects of our physiology and particularly our hormonally sensitive brain. It would certainly begin to explain current neural anomalies and our very limited sense of self.


Key changes or symptoms would include


Neural structure


The accelerating expansion of neo-cortex stalls and begins to shrink, this results
in the erosion of the most hormonally sensitive and perceptually unique undifferentiated outer layers.

In addition to erosion the increasing exposure to a more typical mammalian steroid regime would result in a more typical mammalian maturation and differentiation of our brain.

The underlying genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres re-emerges as the steroid thresholds for asymmetric expression are reached. This results in one hemisphere maturing and differentiating more quickly than the other, and the degree of asymmetric expression amplifying with time. It appears that it is the left cerebral hemisphere that is more sensitive to steroid activity and has 'matured' more quickly, losing more of its symbiotic abilities.


Neuro-chemical


95% loss of ‘symbiotic’ neuro-chemical environment


This resulted in chronic neuro-chemical deficiency.

As the neo-cortex is an emergent structure, its essential neuro-chemical operating environment is characterised by a combined mammalian and angiosperm symbiotic molecular ecology. The neuro-chemical contribution from the angiosperms is vastly more complex than the mammalian contribution. The near complete loss of the angiosperm neuro-chemistry has had a devastating impact on the functional capacity of the neo-cortex.

As the neo-cortex asymmetrically matures and differentiates, it reverts to a more primitive pre-symbiotic form and its requirement for complex plant biochemistry diminishes.
This helps facilitate the increasing perceptual dominance of the more quickly maturing left hemisphere. The left hemispheres reducing structural capacity for advanced function means it is no longer dependent on the extremely complex symbiotic neuro-chemical regime for optimal function. In other words it can operate near its ever diminishing maximum ability in chemically deficient environments. Conversely the vestiges of neural structure that can facilitate advanced function in the right cerebral hemisphere still require the complex symbiotic neuro-chemistry to fully activate.


Bio-chemical


With symbiotic organisms that share bio-chemistry the definition of endogenous and exogenous can become blurred and all bio-chemistry can be considered endogenous.

If our origin was symbiotic and our symbiotic host provided the greater bio-chemical complexity, then what has been lost is as important as what remains re functionality of whole organism.
For example human blood is typical mammalian blood, blood cells plasma etc during our symbiotic relationship our symbiotic blood was permanently infused with complex plant bio-chemistry.


loss of antioxidants


Neural tissue is rich in extremely delicate fatty acids that are highly susceptible to oxidisation. Fortunately the symbiotic ecology was flooded with a whole raft of powerful antioxidants, when these antioxidants were lost our new brain was left unprotected in a highly oxidising environment. Relative to our ancestral environment our neural system is exposed to a highly oxidising environment, resulting in oxidative stress and inflammation, ageing and degeneration. It is also worth mentioning that our mitochondria evolved in a highly protected environment rich in anti-oxidants. The massive loss of anti-oxidants will have seriously impacted mitochondrial function.


95% loss of high specification construction materials


In simple parlance this represents the near complete loss of our uniquely bio-chemically rich diet.

Diet is really the study of advanced molecular engineering; we have one of the most complex molecular structures we know between our ears. It was constructed from a 'diet' rich in the most complex molecular ecology we know. That super bio-chemically rich diet, or more accurately the highly specific molecular construction materials honed to perfection over evolutionary time scales in a symbiotic relationship, has entirely disappeared. That incredibly unique formula has been slowly replaced by construction materials that have never been part of our neurological evolution and more recently by construction materials that have never been part of the evolution of any biological organism.


95% loss of hormonally active compounds


DNA is considered the blueprint for building biological organisms however DNA does not build anything on its own. The translation of DNA into structure and function is primarily regulated by hormones and hormonally active compounds. Varying the activity of these hormones can result in very different outcomes from the same DNA code or genome. For example the same genome can be translated in a foetus, a juvenile or an adult. In addition hormones dictate most of the differences in physiology and neural structure between the sexes, so even a small change in the hormone regime can have a very significant impact on all aspects of growth and development.
The symbiotic relationship brought a flood of hormonally active compounds into the evolutionary equation. These compounds had a direct and complex impact on the transcription environment and expression of DNA, one that is only beginning to be understood. They also modulated and diluted the effects of our powerful mammalian hormones that delayed maturation and resulted in the proliferation of a relatively undifferentiated new brain. The loss of these compounds had a huge impact on all aspects of our physiology and particularly our new symbiotic brain.


Perceptual and behavioural


The list is inevitably very long for the following reasons.

The erosion of the most unique layers of our brain, changing the neural architecture of what remains and losing most of the complex neuro-chemistry essential for optimal function is a guaranteed recipe for massive change.

These are just a few examples.

Loss of what can accurately be described as our symbiotic mind.
Loss of traits and abilities we are no longer aware we had.
Increasingly difficult to access advanced traits that were once normal.
Loss of our unique capacity to perceive reality.
Perception of reality replaced by increasingly abstract descriptions of reality that become integrated into of our sense of identity (beliefs).
Feelings overlaid and replaced by thoughts
General loss of cognitive ability (the way we define cognition will also have changed)
Loss of more childlike psychology
Re-emergence of more typical mammalian traits such as hierarchy, competition, aggression etc.


Emergence of a whole raft of traits that are now endemic to the left hemisphere but due to their nature and the left hemisphere's perceptual dominance the existence of these traits and their severity are often very difficult to perceive subjectively.

Confabulation
Self delusion
Anosognosia
Denial
Cognitive dissonance
Degrees of fear, anxiety and paranoia with related degrees of need for perceived control.
Strong identification and attachment with what is familiar however dysfunctional it may be.
A frightening inability to update its subjective beliefs and abstractions of reality regardless of any mismatch with 'objective' reality no matter how compelling the evidence.
Etc.


Dying to believe/Left in the dark

The transition from divine experience to abstraction and belief

Coming soon...


Clues from our ancestors?


It appears our ancestors knew we had a serious neurological and perceptual problem and left us a legacy of universal myths and traditions alluding to some kind of fall from grace, a perceptual disconnect and a long and steep descent into delusion.

To try and address this they developed a range of ingenious treatments aimed at slowing the condition and/or accessing the relics of advanced function in the right hemisphere. These treatments can be used to diagnose the underlying condition and seem to fall into three main categories.

1 Natural 'diet' or advanced molecular engineering, restoring some of the incredibly rich bio-chemistry once essential for optimal development and function and still required by the right hemisphere.

2 Inhibiting the activity of the less functional left hemisphere.

3 Stimulating the activity of the potentially more functional right hemisphere.
Combinations of all three treatments were much more effective.

One approach was to use neuro-active compounds to differentially stimulate coherent unified neural activity in the right hemisphere, studies on LSD in the 1960's and more recently seems to support this idea.
This is a  link to a research paper from 1965 that implies the typical perceptual effects of LSD are primarily limited to the right hemisphere, LSD was administered to epileptic patients before and after temporal lobectomy.
This  video outlines recent research into the effects of LSD, it appears to stimulate more unified neural activity reminiscent of a typical juvenile brain.


In essence our brain is maturing due to increasing exposure to our own mammalian hormones.
In addition our new brain has lost the most complex neuro-chemical operating environment that evolution has ever produced
Due to genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres the left hemisphere is now ageing much more quickly than the right and suffering a greater and more rapid loss of unique symbiotic abilities.
The hemisphere that has suffered the greatest loss of function has become perceptually dominant adding a perceptual twist to the condition. We are trapped peering through the more distorted perceptual lens when attempting to self-assess


Criticisms and Weaknesses


Main criticisms thus far


Simple left right brain theory has been more or less dismissed

The time line for symbiotic forest dwelling does not fit


Coming soon...


Discussion


When assessing the existing evidence for human origins two very unusual aspects emerge.

1. It is generally accepted that humans have an unusually long juvenile period and exhibit a number of juvenile traits retaining them into adulthood. Much has been written on the subject and some researchers have made the case that neoteny, the technical term for juvenilisation, is in some way linked to the evolution of our large brain.

2. It is generally accepted that our ancestors were involved in  symbiotic relationships with the 'juvenilising' reproductive organs of the angiosperms for millions of years.

By combining these two existing theories and factoring in the real time bio-chemical impact of ingesting plant reproductive organs on the physiology of a typical mammal at lot of pieces begin to fit together.

If a symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms shaped our physiology, creating a juvenilised form with a proliferating juvenile neo-cortex and then the relationships broke down, there would inevitably be many clues.


Vitamin C


Humans are one of a very small number of mammals unable to synthesise their own vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and  very high levels are maintained in the brain due to its susceptibility to oxidative damage. The emergence of a spectacularly large brain in a species that has lost its capacity for synthesising vitamin C makes little sense. However loss of such an essential capacity is not uncommon in symbiotic relationships and can indicate the kind of symbiotic environment that must have prevailed to allow for such a loss. Studies on primate diet reveal that during our symbiotic relationship with plant reproductive organs we were flooded with high levels of vitamin C as well as a vast cocktail of compounds that have powerful antioxidant activity. Relative to our symbiotic environment we have lost at least 95% of the vitamin C and other anti oxidant compounds.


Human reproductive system


We humans have studied ourselves as if we are a distinct species and the product of natural selection, hardly surprising as this approach has yielded solid theories for the emergence and evolution of almost all species.
The study of human reproduction has thrown up some significant anomalies compared to almost all other mammals.

Concealed ovulation (cyclical ovulation without any external trigger or perceptible change)
Menstruation
Menopause
Orgasm

While there is ongoing discussion regarding the reason for the emergence of these unusual traits in humans there is a solid consensus that they regulate, are regulated by and are very sensitive to the action of hormones.
Trying to make sense of these and other traits as the product of adaptive selection in an individual species has proved difficult. However if you factor in what the evidence supports then things begin to fit together.
Basically there were two symbiotic reproductive systems, one mammalian and one plant, co-evolving and effectively merging over millions of years.
Remove the bio-chemically much richer plant reproductive system from the relationship and you are left with a reproductive system that is, relatively speaking, chronically deficient in hormonally active plant compounds and after millions of years suddenly flooded with typical mammalian steroidal hormones.


Synesthesia


Synesthesia exists in various forms, it is typically defined as when a person experiences an overlap in their senses, for example a person experiencing synesthesia might be able to taste colours or see sounds.

It is more common in young people, people on the  autistic spectrum and widely reported among those using psychedelics or who experience 'altered states' of consciousness.

It makes little sense in our current state of mind that we could comprehend our senses if they were in some way overlaid or mixed up.
However the emergence of a new symbiotic brain with new perceptual traits capable of combining sensory input resulted in a form of synaesthesia that could perceive reality in a much richer and higher resolution as a normal function.
The proliferation of a new executive layer of undifferentiated juvenile neural tissue may fit the bill.
 

Enteric nervous system or 'Second Brain'


The  enteric nervous system and gut brain axis are an integral part of our neural system.
Research over the last few decades has elevated our gut from a tube that digests food to a highly complex neural system that plays a major role in regulating immune function, mood and behaviour as well as assimilation of nutrition at a molecular level. It was discovered that the neural system in our gut ran on the same neuro-chemicals used by our brain.  Michael Gershon who pioneered much of this research refers to the enteric nervous system as 'The Second Brain'.

During the evolution of our symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms, our gut was the initial interface with the reproductive bio-chemistry and what became the symbiotic neuro-chemical regime. As with the cerebral brain, this rich symbiotic molecular environment became the essential operating and neuro-chemical environment for the enteric nervous system.
In addition the enteric nervous system is home to the gut micro-biome. The gut micro-biome is an integral part of the enteric nervous system and plays a major role in how it operates. The specific range of bacterial species that make up the micro-biome have a great influence on how the enteric and cerebral neural systems operate.
The microbial species that make up the micro-biome are a mixture of inherited species and opportunistic species. The make- up of inherited and opportunistic species are a reflection of the kind of diet the host is eating.

The symbiotic relationship with angiosperm reproductive organs lasted millions of years, our gut micro-biome co-evolved in the richest bio-chemical symbiotic environment we know. As long as the relationship was stable , the inherited micro-biome could evolve a high degree of specialisation to its symbiotic environment. In addition the opportunistic micro-biome species would be tailored by the same symbiotic environment. Evidence from extant forest dwelling apes suggests that in both cases the micro-biome was extremely species rich.

What was an integral and highly specialised part of our symbiotic neural system has mostly been lost and replaced by a micro-biome that cannot begin to compensate.
The symbiotic micro-biome was the product of a unique co-evolutionary process resulting in a highly specialised neuro-assimilation system. Without the symbiotic host the micro-biome is vastly diminished paradoxically without the micro-biome the relationship cannot re-establish successfully as symbiosis with reproductive organs requires complex specialist gut flora and a fully integrated neuro assimilation system.


Human longevity


Myths of extreme human longevity may have a basis in our symbiotic past as the normal ageing process does not begin until the maturation process is complete. As the symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms inhibited all stages of maturation, we maintained a more juvenile state throughout our lives thus diluting the normal ageing processes.


A small exercise


Imagine how we might feel, behave and think and what kind of society cultures and history would we create if the condition were real.

Try it and see if what we have created is in anyway similar


Couple of final thoughts.


Our current neural configuration dictates our behaviour and results in varying degrees of delusion and insanity, yet we prohibit changes that alter our experience in positive ways while expecting positive behavioural changes from the same neural configuration. This against a backdrop of massive detrimental changes in our neural configuration since the breakdown of our symbiotic relationship.

Our society is underpinned and predicated by Darwinian theory of competition, yet our brain was the product of symbiosis...?



History


Timeline of what has been achieved and how
Why not much activity in recent years, why that is about to change.

Coming soon


© Tony Wright 2018
Tiers
Mycorrhizal
$1 or more per month
I initially planned this to be the only level.

The symbiotic foundation of the forest, a huge invisible network that the forest could not survive without. Specifically a large network of small donations with potentially massive outcomes, I hope this can work though I have been persuaded to add further levels as some people have already offered more support.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 
Roots
$5 or more per month
The interface with the Mycorrhizal fungi, funnelling the water and nutrients into the tree and anchoring the tree in the soil for hundreds or even thousands of years.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 
Xylem
$10 or more per month
The cellular plumbing system to bring water from the roots through the trunk and branches to the furthest leaves sometimes over 100 metres high.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 
Phloem
$25 or more per month
The specialist conduits to distribute food made in the leaves to the rest of the tree.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 
Leaves
$50 or more per month
The advanced solar cells that convert sunlight into sugar providing the foundation for life.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 
Fruit
$100 or more per month
The swollen reproductive organs of the flowering trees.
Our symbiotic interface with the angiosperms that flooded our mammalian physiology with plant reproductive bio-chemistry for millions of years. The result, an emergent new brain with a symbiotic mind, part mammal, part plant.

I know Patreon is about benefits, in this case the benefit is being involved in a project that could have huge benefits for everyone. 

I set up this page to request support to help complete a project that could transform our ideas of who or what we are.



A quick question to begin...

What would a sane response be if, both individually and collectively, we became aware that we were afflicted with a progressive dementia- like neurological condition, one that left us almost blind to its existence and that resulted in our being mired in a spectrum of severely compromised senses and abilities and seriously dysfunctional behaviour that affected absolutely everything we are doing?

Would there be no change or would we perform an emergency stop, drop everything and urgently prioritise the diagnosis of the condition and begin treating it?




Have we lost our symbiotic mind?




I have been developing a theory explaining why our distant ancestors evolved an incredibly rare symbiotic brain that exhibited exceptional abilities, extraordinary perception and a sense of self the lies almost beyond our current comprehension.
The same theory presents a clear diagnosis as to why our symbiotic brain has quite literally been eroding away with its associated traits and abilities having virtually disappeared.
This has left us in an extremely delusional and self destructive state of mind and yet we are blind to the severity of the situation.
Finally and most importantly, if the above diagnosis is accurate, it offers a powerful combination of treatments that can begin to quickly restore the kind of abilities and sense of self alluded to in ancient mythological and spiritual traditions.
If the theory is valid and the project is successful it will have a huge impact on how we as a species perceive ourselves and respond to the enormous challenges we face.


   
In the early 1990's I started a project which tried to make sense of why we humans behave as if we are mad. I concluded quite quickly that there was something seriously messed up with our brain.
A slowly worsening dementia- like condition with an insidious perceptual twist that becomes ever more difficult for us to recognise has greatly limited our perception and afflicted us with very dysfunctional and self-destructive mode of behaviour.

At a fundamental level we have lost the capacity to experience and recognise who or what we are.
The idea that a serious problem with our brain could explain our collective behaviour is a challenging one. It does however make for a compelling diagnosis and if as it appears the condition is treatable. An accurate diagnosis also offers a rapid and transformative human scale solution to the overwhelming symptoms such a condition would inevitably create.

The condition is the result of 'post symbiotic reversion', see below... 


Objectives


If the theory or diagnosis of a serious neurological condition is anywhere near accurate then the biggest challenge is how to effectively communicate this, given that any such theory would predict our capacity to recognise such a condition to have been severely compromised.

Raise and address the question of our collective sanity with specific reference to a serious neurological condition.

Collaborate to articulate and communicate the theory in elegant and accessible formats to initiate the widest possible debate; this is a skill I do not have.


First phase


New web site, 'Children of the Forest' (under construction)

Restoration of a couple of older web sites that were recently lost; They provide substantial context and relevant data.

Collaboration on an academic paper.
An outline of humanity's symbiotic origins.

Collaboration on a new book
'Children of the Forest'
'The Symbiotic Origins of Humankind'

Develop proposals for one or more documentaries on symbiotic origins, several interested parties.

Develop new graphics to demonstrate neural expansion and juvenilisation as a function of symbiosis.

Develop an animated summary of the basic theory and mechanisms.

Experiments develop a protocol to test key elements of theory.


Second Phase


Collaboration on an academic paper.
An outline of post symbiotic reversion.

Collaboration on a new book
'Dying to Believe'
(Post Symbiotic Reversion Syndrome, A Diagnosis of the Human Condition)

Develop proposal for a documentary on post symbiotic reversion.

Develop new graphics to demonstrate neural erosion and asymmetric maturation as a result of post symbiotic reversion.


Third Phase


If these initial phases go well then quite obviously the focus will shift to treatment and prevention. However without a clear and compelling diagnosis there is unlikely to be significant awareness or interest in potentially simple solutions.


Some context


Our sense of who and what we are, our perception, cognitive ability and behaviour are effectively a function of the precise neural architecture and specific neuro-chemical regime of our brain.

There is compelling evidence that the neural architecture and the neuro-chemical regime of our brain has changed out of all recognition.



Summary


Our distant mammalian ancestors formed a symbiotic relationship with the juvenilising reproductive organs of the angiosperms.
The symbiotic relationship modified and juvenilised our mammalian neuro-endocrine system.
The combined effect eventually resulted in the proliferation and accelerating expansion of an increasingly juvenile and relatively undifferentiated new brain (neo-cortex).
Our neo-cortex was effectively a hybrid, part mammal, part plant, a complex emergent structure entirely the product of symbiosis.
As an emergent structure our neo-cortex was completely dependent on the symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms reproductive organs to maintain its unique neural architecture and hybrid neuro-chemical regime.
Any emergent traits, perceptual abilities or enhanced sense of self associated with our symbiotic neo-cortex would also be completely dependent on maintaining the complex molecular ecology that the symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms reproductive organs provided.
When the symbiotic relationship broke down our juvenile physiology began to mature, differentiate and revert to that of a more typical mammal.
The structure of our neo-cortex also began to mature, differentiate and revert to that of a more typical mammal.
Genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres resulted in the left hemisphere maturing, differentiating and reverting much more quickly than the right hemisphere.


A bit more detail...


These are somewhat dense and rough outlines of some of the key pieces of the jigsaw. They will need quite a bit of unpacking to create a clearer picture. The objective of this project is to do just that, create a range of accessible formats making the case that a serious but treatable neurological condition underlies the serious flaws in our perception and the kinds of dissonant beliefs, society and culture that inevitably result.

This video presentation will help provide a basic framework.

Specifically I have proposed that our ancestral mammalian genome with its genetically asymmetric mammalian brain was effectively immersed in the most complex molecular ecology biological evolution has ever created. An increasingly entangled symbiotic relationship via the sustained ingestion of angiosperm reproductive organs resulted in a unique and rare form of co-evolution that would eventually have a huge impact on our basic physiology and particularly our brain and associated sense of self.

The trans-generational effects over evolutionary time scales are only possible if the symbiotic relationship is sustained 24/7 which requires perpetual fruit production. This can only happen in non seasonal equatorial forest where stable day-length, temperature and rainfall facilitate year round fruiting.

The symbiotic relationship with the angiosperms was incredibly rich in anti-oxidants, included a vast cocktail of neuro-active chemicals and, most importantly of all, a flood of hormonally active compounds. These compounds modified our basic mammalian neuro-endocrine system in part by modulating and diluting the activity of our mammalian sex steroids. Sex steroids such as oestrogens and testosterone are central players in all aspects of mammalian development, structure and function and play a particularly important role in the development and function of our brain. (Rather conveniently for an expanding fuel hungry brain, simple neuron friendly sugar molecules were included in the package).

The hormonally active compounds created an increasingly juvenilising and to some degree feminising environment. This directly modified key developmental windows by modifying the way our DNA was being expressed and that in turn changed the structure and function of our basic physiology. The impact was greatest on our hormonally sensitive brain.

From this very unusual mix a more juvenile form emerged with a more juvenile and relatively undifferentiated new executive layer of neural tissue (expanding neo-cortex). As our brain regulates our own hormone system a more juvenile brain results in a more juvenile endocrine system. The direct juvenilising impact of the symbiotic relationship is then augmented by a much more powerful juvenilising effect: that of our own endocrine system. Slowly at first but with each generation an incrementally more juvenilising symbiotic environment emerged with the potential to form a runaway feedback loop.

The degree that structural and functional cerebral asymmetry is expressed is primarily a function of steroid activity. As steroid activity was progressively modulated, the expression of cerebral asymmetry was slowly reduced resulting in more or less uniformly juvenile neo-cortex, particularly the rapidly proliferating most recent layers.

This pattern is still seen in our current development from juvenile (minimal cerebral asymmetry) to mature female (more cerebral asymmetry) to masculinised female or mature male (greatest cerebral asymmetry).

In our ancestral lineage this is what happened: We were transformed by the angiosperms into a radically different kind of organism with a rapidly expanding new kind of brain that had some very unusual traits. These traits included very high cognitive function, a voracious lifelong capacity for assimilating new experience and knowledge, a more child like psychology including empathy, co-operation, altruism, playfulness and a deep and profound experience of connectedness to each other and our wider ecology.

A proliferating mass of increasingly undifferentiated neural cells opens the door to a wholly new kind of function. Rather than functioning exclusively as networks of information highways involved in specific roles as we currently understand, the new executive tissue could activate or operate in unison, behaving more like a massive single cell than billions of individual cells.

(This may relate to the developing theories that consciousness is a product of quantum coherence in sub cellular structures such as  microtubules. If this or something similar is the underlying mechanism or interface for the emergence of consciousness, then sub-cellular quantum coherence would be more likely to propagate and expand via resonance into coherent brain wide states through undifferentiated neural tissue.)

By delaying the normal maturation and differentiation process at all stages of early development the new brain proliferates resulting in rapid expansion. This is where size makes a difference, while the capacity for unified and coherent activity was the most unique trait to emerge; a greater mass of undifferentiated neural tissue equals the potential for more powerful coherent states.
Using the analogy of an insect’s compound eye where a mass of individual lenses work together to facilitate a coherent image the mass of undifferentiated neural cells light up together to facilitate our sense of self.

During typical mammalian development the juvenile window is one of great plasticity and rapid assimilation of novel experience. The hormonal changes required for sexual differentiation, maturation and reproduction all work at a cellular level. The same hormones have a similar differentiating effect on the brain reducing plasticity and limiting its ability to perceive reality and the capacity to assimilate novel experience. What is learned during the juvenile window becomes the default or conditioned response as the neural tissue loses plasticity and can no longer maintain a fluid real time response, escaping the limits of this process becomes more difficult with age. This trade off is clearly a successful survival strategy for most species however there may be reasons why this maturation mechanism has come back to haunt us in a very damaging way.

By permanently inhibiting the normal maturation and differentiation process the new brain never fully matured. It escaped the typical differentiation and ossification process that begins to substitute perception of reality with abstract thinking and learned or conditioned behaviour.
Increasingly freed from the limits of conditioned behaviour the new brain operated permanently in real time and eventually reached a critical mass of powerful coherence capable of facilitating a high resolution sense of self that today we would describe as divine.

With co-evolving symbiotic relationships over evolutionary time scales the boundaries between the symbiotic species can blur and one or both can become a new symbiotic species. The structures and traits that emerge during these kinds of symbiotic relationships such our new brain are wholly integrated and entirely dependent on the bio-chemically rich symbiotic molecular ecology for ‘normal’ function.


Post symbiotic reversion


When a symbiotic relationship of this kind breaks down the emergent or hybrid structures and properties inevitably change and can start to erode or disappear.

Whatever the cause of the breakdown, the incredibly complex and sensitive new brain is effectively torn from its unique womb like symbiotic host where it was completely integrated having co-evolved for millions of years.

Presuming the symbiont can survive such a major breakdown, it returns in part to its pre-symbiotic state. In this case, because the relationship involved an incrementally modified neuro-endocrine system, the reversion process involving the neuro-endocrine system is not immediate but similar to initial emergent process. i.e. slow at first accelerating over time.

The reversion process is a complex story. If something like this did happen it would have had a huge impact on all aspects of our physiology and particularly our hormonally sensitive brain. It would certainly begin to explain current neural anomalies and our very limited sense of self.


Key changes or symptoms would include


Neural structure


The accelerating expansion of neo-cortex stalls and begins to shrink, this results
in the erosion of the most hormonally sensitive and perceptually unique undifferentiated outer layers.

In addition to erosion the increasing exposure to a more typical mammalian steroid regime would result in a more typical mammalian maturation and differentiation of our brain.

The underlying genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres re-emerges as the steroid thresholds for asymmetric expression are reached. This results in one hemisphere maturing and differentiating more quickly than the other, and the degree of asymmetric expression amplifying with time. It appears that it is the left cerebral hemisphere that is more sensitive to steroid activity and has 'matured' more quickly, losing more of its symbiotic abilities.


Neuro-chemical


95% loss of ‘symbiotic’ neuro-chemical environment


This resulted in chronic neuro-chemical deficiency.

As the neo-cortex is an emergent structure, its essential neuro-chemical operating environment is characterised by a combined mammalian and angiosperm symbiotic molecular ecology. The neuro-chemical contribution from the angiosperms is vastly more complex than the mammalian contribution. The near complete loss of the angiosperm neuro-chemistry has had a devastating impact on the functional capacity of the neo-cortex.

As the neo-cortex asymmetrically matures and differentiates, it reverts to a more primitive pre-symbiotic form and its requirement for complex plant biochemistry diminishes.
This helps facilitate the increasing perceptual dominance of the more quickly maturing left hemisphere. The left hemispheres reducing structural capacity for advanced function means it is no longer dependent on the extremely complex symbiotic neuro-chemical regime for optimal function. In other words it can operate near its ever diminishing maximum ability in chemically deficient environments. Conversely the vestiges of neural structure that can facilitate advanced function in the right cerebral hemisphere still require the complex symbiotic neuro-chemistry to fully activate.


Bio-chemical


With symbiotic organisms that share bio-chemistry the definition of endogenous and exogenous can become blurred and all bio-chemistry can be considered endogenous.

If our origin was symbiotic and our symbiotic host provided the greater bio-chemical complexity, then what has been lost is as important as what remains re functionality of whole organism.
For example human blood is typical mammalian blood, blood cells plasma etc during our symbiotic relationship our symbiotic blood was permanently infused with complex plant bio-chemistry.


loss of antioxidants


Neural tissue is rich in extremely delicate fatty acids that are highly susceptible to oxidisation. Fortunately the symbiotic ecology was flooded with a whole raft of powerful antioxidants, when these antioxidants were lost our new brain was left unprotected in a highly oxidising environment. Relative to our ancestral environment our neural system is exposed to a highly oxidising environment, resulting in oxidative stress and inflammation, ageing and degeneration. It is also worth mentioning that our mitochondria evolved in a highly protected environment rich in anti-oxidants. The massive loss of anti-oxidants will have seriously impacted mitochondrial function.


95% loss of high specification construction materials


In simple parlance this represents the near complete loss of our uniquely bio-chemically rich diet.

Diet is really the study of advanced molecular engineering; we have one of the most complex molecular structures we know between our ears. It was constructed from a 'diet' rich in the most complex molecular ecology we know. That super bio-chemically rich diet, or more accurately the highly specific molecular construction materials honed to perfection over evolutionary time scales in a symbiotic relationship, has entirely disappeared. That incredibly unique formula has been slowly replaced by construction materials that have never been part of our neurological evolution and more recently by construction materials that have never been part of the evolution of any biological organism.


95% loss of hormonally active compounds


DNA is considered the blueprint for building biological organisms however DNA does not build anything on its own. The translation of DNA into structure and function is primarily regulated by hormones and hormonally active compounds. Varying the activity of these hormones can result in very different outcomes from the same DNA code or genome. For example the same genome can be translated in a foetus, a juvenile or an adult. In addition hormones dictate most of the differences in physiology and neural structure between the sexes, so even a small change in the hormone regime can have a very significant impact on all aspects of growth and development.
The symbiotic relationship brought a flood of hormonally active compounds into the evolutionary equation. These compounds had a direct and complex impact on the transcription environment and expression of DNA, one that is only beginning to be understood. They also modulated and diluted the effects of our powerful mammalian hormones that delayed maturation and resulted in the proliferation of a relatively undifferentiated new brain. The loss of these compounds had a huge impact on all aspects of our physiology and particularly our new symbiotic brain.


Perceptual and behavioural


The list is inevitably very long for the following reasons.

The erosion of the most unique layers of our brain, changing the neural architecture of what remains and losing most of the complex neuro-chemistry essential for optimal function is a guaranteed recipe for massive change.

These are just a few examples.

Loss of what can accurately be described as our symbiotic mind.
Loss of traits and abilities we are no longer aware we had.
Increasingly difficult to access advanced traits that were once normal.
Loss of our unique capacity to perceive reality.
Perception of reality replaced by increasingly abstract descriptions of reality that become integrated into of our sense of identity (beliefs).
Feelings overlaid and replaced by thoughts
General loss of cognitive ability (the way we define cognition will also have changed)
Loss of more childlike psychology
Re-emergence of more typical mammalian traits such as hierarchy, competition, aggression etc.


Emergence of a whole raft of traits that are now endemic to the left hemisphere but due to their nature and the left hemisphere's perceptual dominance the existence of these traits and their severity are often very difficult to perceive subjectively.

Confabulation
Self delusion
Anosognosia
Denial
Cognitive dissonance
Degrees of fear, anxiety and paranoia with related degrees of need for perceived control.
Strong identification and attachment with what is familiar however dysfunctional it may be.
A frightening inability to update its subjective beliefs and abstractions of reality regardless of any mismatch with 'objective' reality no matter how compelling the evidence.
Etc.


Dying to believe/Left in the dark

The transition from divine experience to abstraction and belief

Coming soon...


Clues from our ancestors?


It appears our ancestors knew we had a serious neurological and perceptual problem and left us a legacy of universal myths and traditions alluding to some kind of fall from grace, a perceptual disconnect and a long and steep descent into delusion.

To try and address this they developed a range of ingenious treatments aimed at slowing the condition and/or accessing the relics of advanced function in the right hemisphere. These treatments can be used to diagnose the underlying condition and seem to fall into three main categories.

1 Natural 'diet' or advanced molecular engineering, restoring some of the incredibly rich bio-chemistry once essential for optimal development and function and still required by the right hemisphere.

2 Inhibiting the activity of the less functional left hemisphere.

3 Stimulating the activity of the potentially more functional right hemisphere.
Combinations of all three treatments were much more effective.

One approach was to use neuro-active compounds to differentially stimulate coherent unified neural activity in the right hemisphere, studies on LSD in the 1960's and more recently seems to support this idea.
This is a  link to a research paper from 1965 that implies the typical perceptual effects of LSD are primarily limited to the right hemisphere, LSD was administered to epileptic patients before and after temporal lobectomy.
This  video outlines recent research into the effects of LSD, it appears to stimulate more unified neural activity reminiscent of a typical juvenile brain.


In essence our brain is maturing due to increasing exposure to our own mammalian hormones.
In addition our new brain has lost the most complex neuro-chemical operating environment that evolution has ever produced
Due to genetic asymmetry between the cerebral hemispheres the left hemisphere is now ageing much more quickly than the right and suffering a greater and more rapid loss of unique symbiotic abilities.
The hemisphere that has suffered the greatest loss of function has become perceptually dominant adding a perceptual twist to the condition. We are trapped peering through the more distorted perceptual lens when attempting to self-assess


Criticisms and Weaknesses


Main criticisms thus far


Simple left right brain theory has been more or less dismissed

The time line for symbiotic forest dwelling does not fit


Coming soon...


Discussion


When assessing the existing evidence for human origins two very unusual aspects emerge.

1. It is generally accepted that humans have an unusually long juvenile period and exhibit a number of juvenile traits retaining them into adulthood. Much has been written on the subject and some researchers have made the case that neoteny, the technical term for juvenilisation, is in some way linked to the evolution of our large brain.

2. It is generally accepted that our ancestors were involved in  symbiotic relationships with the 'juvenilising' reproductive organs of the angiosperms for millions of years.

By combining these two existing theories and factoring in the real time bio-chemical impact of ingesting plant reproductive organs on the physiology of a typical mammal at lot of pieces begin to fit together.

If a symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms shaped our physiology, creating a juvenilised form with a proliferating juvenile neo-cortex and then the relationships broke down, there would inevitably be many clues.


Vitamin C


Humans are one of a very small number of mammals unable to synthesise their own vitamin C.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and  very high levels are maintained in the brain due to its susceptibility to oxidative damage. The emergence of a spectacularly large brain in a species that has lost its capacity for synthesising vitamin C makes little sense. However loss of such an essential capacity is not uncommon in symbiotic relationships and can indicate the kind of symbiotic environment that must have prevailed to allow for such a loss. Studies on primate diet reveal that during our symbiotic relationship with plant reproductive organs we were flooded with high levels of vitamin C as well as a vast cocktail of compounds that have powerful antioxidant activity. Relative to our symbiotic environment we have lost at least 95% of the vitamin C and other anti oxidant compounds.


Human reproductive system


We humans have studied ourselves as if we are a distinct species and the product of natural selection, hardly surprising as this approach has yielded solid theories for the emergence and evolution of almost all species.
The study of human reproduction has thrown up some significant anomalies compared to almost all other mammals.

Concealed ovulation (cyclical ovulation without any external trigger or perceptible change)
Menstruation
Menopause
Orgasm

While there is ongoing discussion regarding the reason for the emergence of these unusual traits in humans there is a solid consensus that they regulate, are regulated by and are very sensitive to the action of hormones.
Trying to make sense of these and other traits as the product of adaptive selection in an individual species has proved difficult. However if you factor in what the evidence supports then things begin to fit together.
Basically there were two symbiotic reproductive systems, one mammalian and one plant, co-evolving and effectively merging over millions of years.
Remove the bio-chemically much richer plant reproductive system from the relationship and you are left with a reproductive system that is, relatively speaking, chronically deficient in hormonally active plant compounds and after millions of years suddenly flooded with typical mammalian steroidal hormones.


Synesthesia


Synesthesia exists in various forms, it is typically defined as when a person experiences an overlap in their senses, for example a person experiencing synesthesia might be able to taste colours or see sounds.

It is more common in young people, people on the  autistic spectrum and widely reported among those using psychedelics or who experience 'altered states' of consciousness.

It makes little sense in our current state of mind that we could comprehend our senses if they were in some way overlaid or mixed up.
However the emergence of a new symbiotic brain with new perceptual traits capable of combining sensory input resulted in a form of synaesthesia that could perceive reality in a much richer and higher resolution as a normal function.
The proliferation of a new executive layer of undifferentiated juvenile neural tissue may fit the bill.
 

Enteric nervous system or 'Second Brain'


The  enteric nervous system and gut brain axis are an integral part of our neural system.
Research over the last few decades has elevated our gut from a tube that digests food to a highly complex neural system that plays a major role in regulating immune function, mood and behaviour as well as assimilation of nutrition at a molecular level. It was discovered that the neural system in our gut ran on the same neuro-chemicals used by our brain.  Michael Gershon who pioneered much of this research refers to the enteric nervous system as 'The Second Brain'.

During the evolution of our symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms, our gut was the initial interface with the reproductive bio-chemistry and what became the symbiotic neuro-chemical regime. As with the cerebral brain, this rich symbiotic molecular environment became the essential operating and neuro-chemical environment for the enteric nervous system.
In addition the enteric nervous system is home to the gut micro-biome. The gut micro-biome is an integral part of the enteric nervous system and plays a major role in how it operates. The specific range of bacterial species that make up the micro-biome have a great influence on how the enteric and cerebral neural systems operate.
The microbial species that make up the micro-biome are a mixture of inherited species and opportunistic species. The make- up of inherited and opportunistic species are a reflection of the kind of diet the host is eating.

The symbiotic relationship with angiosperm reproductive organs lasted millions of years, our gut micro-biome co-evolved in the richest bio-chemical symbiotic environment we know. As long as the relationship was stable , the inherited micro-biome could evolve a high degree of specialisation to its symbiotic environment. In addition the opportunistic micro-biome species would be tailored by the same symbiotic environment. Evidence from extant forest dwelling apes suggests that in both cases the micro-biome was extremely species rich.

What was an integral and highly specialised part of our symbiotic neural system has mostly been lost and replaced by a micro-biome that cannot begin to compensate.
The symbiotic micro-biome was the product of a unique co-evolutionary process resulting in a highly specialised neuro-assimilation system. Without the symbiotic host the micro-biome is vastly diminished paradoxically without the micro-biome the relationship cannot re-establish successfully as symbiosis with reproductive organs requires complex specialist gut flora and a fully integrated neuro assimilation system.


Human longevity


Myths of extreme human longevity may have a basis in our symbiotic past as the normal ageing process does not begin until the maturation process is complete. As the symbiotic relationship with the reproductive organs of the angiosperms inhibited all stages of maturation, we maintained a more juvenile state throughout our lives thus diluting the normal ageing processes.


A small exercise


Imagine how we might feel, behave and think and what kind of society cultures and history would we create if the condition were real.

Try it and see if what we have created is in anyway similar


Couple of final thoughts.


Our current neural configuration dictates our behaviour and results in varying degrees of delusion and insanity, yet we prohibit changes that alter our experience in positive ways while expecting positive behavioural changes from the same neural configuration. This against a backdrop of massive detrimental changes in our neural configuration since the breakdown of our symbiotic relationship.

Our society is underpinned and predicated by Darwinian theory of competition, yet our brain was the product of symbiosis...?



History


Timeline of what has been achieved and how
Why not much activity in recent years, why that is about to change.

Coming soon


© Tony Wright 2018

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