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A continuation of this great thread created by Michael2!
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Imagination is such an ancient ability it might precede language

Quote:Contrary to this interpretation, I want to suggest that imagination, properly understood, is one of the earliest human abilities, not a recent arrival. Thinking and communicating are vastly improved by language, it is true. But ‘thinking with imagery’ and even ‘thinking with the body’ must have preceded language by hundreds of thousands of years. It is part of our mammalian inheritance to read, store and retrieve emotionally coded representations of the world, and we do this via conditioned associations, not propositional coding. 

Lions on the savanna, for example, learn and make predictions because experience forges strong associations between perception and feeling. Animals appear to use images (visual, auditory, olfactory memories) to navigate novel territories and problems. For early humans, a kind of cognitive gap opened up between stimulus and response – a gap that created the possibility of having multiple responses to a perception, rather than one immediate response. This gap was crucial for the imagination: it created an inner space in our minds. The next step was that early human brains began to generate information, rather than merely record and process it – we began to create representations of things that never were but might be. On this view, imagination extends back into the Pleistocene, at least, and likely emerged slowly in our Homo erectus cousins.
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(09-30-2017, 01:45 AM)Sciborg_S_Patel Wrote: Placed this Quote...

"Contrary to this interpretation, I want to suggest that imagination, properly understood, is one of the earliest human abilities, not a recent arrival. Thinking and communicating are vastly improved by language, it is true. But ‘thinking with imagery’ and even ‘thinking with the body’ must have preceded language by hundreds of thousands of years. It is part of our mammalian inheritance to read, store and retrieve emotionally coded representations of the world, and we do this via conditioned associations, not propositional coding. 

Lions on the savanna, for example, learn and make predictions because experience forges strong associations between perception and feeling. Animals appear to use images (visual, auditory, olfactory memories) to navigate novel territories and problems. For early humans, a kind of cognitive gap opened up between stimulus and response – a gap that created the possibility of having multiple responses to a perception, rather than one immediate response. This gap was crucial for the imagination: it created an inner space in our minds. The next step was that early human brains began to generate information, rather than merely record and process it – we began to create representations of things that never were but might be. On this view, imagination extends back into the Pleistocene, at least, and likely emerged slowly in our Homo erectus cousins."

It is uncertain what date the Anunnaki left our planet, after genetically modifying a part of the hominoid species subsequently leaving us to "fend for ourselves". It wasn't an abandonment as much as it was an indication that soul entities upon incarnation had developed a pipeline to their Higher Selves. That pipeline is our imaginations. An example might be of assistance.

Let's say you have a problem challenge.

Relax into your imagination and imagine the version of reality you prefer including yourself in that scenario. Specifically, imagine the "ideal" version of you - the "you" you would most like to be. Then insert this current challenging situation into your imaginary scene and notice how this imaginary Ideal You handles the situation. Copy and paste, think, act and feel like that Ideal You!  This is your Higher Mind communicating with you, showing the way, the most efficient and rewarding path...leaving it up to your free will to choose that whichever is your preference.
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Contrary to this interpretation, I want to suggest that imagination, properly understood, is one of the earliest human abilities, not a recent arrival. Thinking and communicating are vastly improved by language, it is true. But ‘thinking with imagery’ and even ‘thinking with the body’ must have preceded language by hundreds of thousands of years. It is part of our mammalian inheritance to read, store and retrieve emotionally coded representations of the world, and we do this via conditioned associations, not propositional coding. 

Lions on the savanna, for example, learn and make predictions because experience forges strong associations between perception and feeling. Animals appear to use images (visual, auditory, olfactory memories) to navigate novel territories and problems. For early humans, a kind of cognitive gap opened up between stimulus and response – a gap that created the possibility of having multiple responses to a perception, rather than one immediate response. This gap was crucial for the imagination: it created an inner space in our minds. The next step was that early human brains began to generate information, rather than merely record and process it – we began to create representations of things that never were but might be. On this view, imagination extends back into the Pleistocene, at least, and likely emerged slowly in our Homo erectus cousins.

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A fascinating conjecture. It is interesting to me how this sort of informed evolutionary psychology speculation about human origins is incompatible with spiritualistic and dualistic beliefs about the ultimate spirit nature of human consciousness. This includes belief in survival of physical death of a mobile center of consciousness, and reincarnation. These beliefs (for which there is a considerable body of evidence) see human imagination as a quality or capacity inherent to the soul or spirit, and merely manifested in the physical via brains once brains had evolved to be capable of receiving it.  The evolution of such abilities in the brain would be seen as having required outside intervention, or the process could be some form of "dualistic Darwinism". I don't favor the latter.
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I just noticed that my view of the origin of the human imagination above seems to be quite compatible with Pssst's in post #2. Certainly many channeled teachings advise that the best way to achieve true spiritual knowledge is through deliberate use of the imagination fueled by knowledge and desire for the truth. These teachings say it is one of the better ways to the truth, though that seems counterintuitive to the rational mind, since the rational mind views the imagination as a creative faculty not a communicative one.  It may be both.
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(10-01-2017, 06:48 PM)nbtruthman Wrote: I just noticed that my view of the origin of the human imagination above seems to be quite compatible with Pssst's in post #2. Certainly many channeled teachings advise that the best way to achieve true spiritual knowledge is through deliberate use of the imagination fueled by knowledge and desire for the truth. These teachings say it is one of the better ways to the truth, though that seems counterintuitive to the rational mind, since the rational mind views the imagination as a creative faculty not a communicative one.  It may be both.


I feel complimented.  Shy

Yes, follow your passions, engage your imagination (to open up the commo from your Higher Mind), live only in the Moment (trust your HM and your Life) and negotiate with your physical ego to turn off your physical mind.
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