Mike Joseph Defreitas

is creating A Book that Explains How Human Reality has Evolved




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About Mike Joseph Defreitas

I have been working on a book that attempts to explain the nature of human reality for over 10 years now, and I am getting close to the publishing phase of the process, but need some money to help me get to that point. 

How do you know that the book I'm working on constitutes a legitimate scientific endeavor? Well, I can post some of my work here, of which two diagrams appear in my profile picture and my cover image. The cover image contains the 'framework' of reality. In the east, this notion has been pictorially captured by the Yin-Yang symbol. In the west, symbols such as male-female have played a similar role. In the early 20th century, the philosopher and ethologist Jakob von Uexkull coined the term 'point-counterpoint' to describe the cognitive nature of the relationship between organisms and the objects they relate with. It is with this construct - point-counterpoint - that I build my argument for how the human brainmind works, from the conditions and situations it evolved from 3.8 billion years ago with the origin of life, up towards the Cambrian explosion 500 million years ago, and 100 million years later when the first image and affect producing nervous systems arose. 

My book attempts a naturalistic explanation at how meaning arose and by what processes it arose from. Point-counterpoint is the ontological dance. But the "substance" of mind exists as the tensional integrity between the poles, and hence, from the point-counterpoint of symmetry dynamics between cell and environment (nutrients). It is this tight coupling between metabolic processes, physical structure (proteins, nucleic acids) and external environment, and the way kinetic processes of self-organization at multiple levels are temporally and spatially 'tethered' to the presence of nutrients, which demonstrates how tensional integrity is prefigured in the cell, with the cell, the nutrient, and the 'gradient' of electromagnetic continuities between the former and the latter, constituting the base of both life and mind. 

This logic underlies the importance of the metaphysical themes of the book: symmetry/asymmetry, complementarity (operating within the preceding dynamic), paths of least resistance/relaxing stresses, and the 'metabolic surplus', or 'exuberance', where the inherent generative abilities of the self-organizing system moves into what Stuart Kauffman calls the "adjacent possible". 4 themes: symmetry/asymmetry (geometrical structuring), complementarity (the oftentimes asymmetrical balance between objects/states), the way these symmetries/complementarities are hierarchically structured, and therefore, how the entire system can be traversed in an efficient and economic way, given the constraints (with asymmetry/symmetry existing at every ontological scale). When done economically and a surplus is produced, this surplus moves into the 'adjacent possible' of its already existing structure - exploring creative possibilities within the probable. 

The books structure will be time-based, reflecting how we ourselves work. Thus, I begin by surveying modern cosmology and particle physics and how that is relevant to how we understand the way the physical world we see and experience originated. After this, I move into what is known about the formation of the early solar system. I will always emphasize the 4-part metaphysical structure of the book through each area of modern science that is relevant to the way the human brainmind works: Physics, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Geophysics, Biophysics, Evolutionary Biology, Embryology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Epigenetics, Ethology, Primatology, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Behavioral Economics, Developmental Psychology, Infant Research, Relational Psychoanalysis, Traumatology, Sociology, Anthropology, Archeology, History, Philosophy, Parapsychology, Theology, Mysticism, Occultism and Contemporary Political Issues. All these fields will be logically brought together to explain how we work biologically, and how we've evolved - given the constraints created by the inherent dynamics of our biology - psychologically, culturally, and ideologically. 

Can the same laws be found again and again, such that the structure of physical reality at its lowest level predicts a method for coherently understanding and explaining how human brainminds make meaning and organize their social-reality? What role does trauma play in this process, and what does that have to do with symmetry/asymmetry, and the evolutionary logic of the organism?

Up until recently, most explanations of what humans are have been mostly one-sided, whereas this book attempts to explain the general and specific - and historical - nature of how Humans actually are - how they actually behave - and most importantly, why they behave as they do, and what is required from human beings if we wish to create a more equal, mindful, and caring society. 

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