Big brain evolution: consciousness and brain activity (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Saturday, February 17, 2018, 15:22 (980 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID’s comment: The point I am making is the evidence of the intimate interlocking of our consciousness and brain plasticity working hand in hand. Does consciousness control the brain changes or does the brain change itself in response to the consciousness activity? I see what is shown as brain responsiveness in and of its own actions. The immaterial, by using the brain changes its complexity which is material.

dhw: I have no doubt that consciousness (the s/s/c) and the brain work, so to speak, hand in hand, whether you are a dualist or a materialist. And I have no doubt that immaterial thought can change the material brain (as well as other parts of the body). And it seems to me absolutely logical that the same process would have taken place among pre-sapiens species: namely, that the immaterial s/s/c used the material brain and thereby modified it. Size, as you have now agreed, is one form of modification.

Note in the other thread the anatomic problems related to a jump in brain size: skull size and female pelvic modifications.

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