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Lecture 18 THE LOSS OF INNOCENCE

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This lecture highlights our human difference in the evolution of species, as our brain’s superior plasticity affords us a great ability to learn, that proportionally increases our adaptability and chances of survival in a wide variety of environments.

Meditation Time Lecture Eighteen, the loss of innocence among ideologies. The genesis in the Bible and the Darwinian theory of evolution are polar opposites. And yet at the beginning of the Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve resonates profoundly with our modern understanding of the human phenomenon in the evolution of species, if only in an allegorical sense. The proverbial bide into the forbidden fruit from the tree of knowledge symbolizes a water shed in the history of life on earth, as humans form a distinct evolutionary branch characterized by the loss of innocence, that is, of mindless, instinctive behavior hard wired in the brain according to the genetic code. In truth, other revolved animals share this characteristic to some limited extent,...

...while humans are in a class of their own. Likewise, some basic human instincts remain, but for the most part our behavior is learned. It proceeds from experimentation, by trial and error and education through examples in less since a sense of what is good and what is bad follows, or what is efficient, healthy, gratifying or honorable right in the context of our community and environment, where everyone and everything is interdependent, and what is not so in alignment with our basic instincts. Some have argued that our brain doesn't furnish us with a clean slate for the acquisition of language and knowledge. Gnome Chomsky talks about a generative grammar and Emmanual cant about the categories of understanding as the innate...

...ground work that is laid at an early stage of development to make this acquisition possible or more easily accessible. Be that as it may, the fact that our behavior is predominantly learned versus instinctive and genetically hard wired in the brain remains unchallenged. The thing is, how did we become such a distinct species? According to Stephen J Gould, among other revolutionary theorists, neotany where, the retention of juvenile traits during adulthood is the prime underlying cause that affected the quantum leap from apes to hominids. Neatony implies some neotonous genes whose special function after birth is to impede the maturation of the human brain, so that the latter keeps growing while retaining its plasticity, the prerequisite for the ability to learn. This permits a dynamic process of neuronal mapping that is informed by circumstances and can...

...change with them time and again, resulting in new patterns of thinking or acting. This contrast sharply with neuronal maps that are genetically determined and correspond to fixed patterns of instinctive behavior. Brain plasticity thus confers upon humans or remarkable capacity for adaptation that increases their chances of survival, whatever the situation. It comes, however, at the expense of three Promo qualities simplicity, purity and spontaneity. Human consciousness is often tangled, riddled with confusion and doubt, or regret and shame and labored. Only after decades of exploring and deciphering our nature, together with a firm resolution to act in accordance with this nature, can we hope to recapture those promo qualities, albeit imperfectly. Consider the artful performance of a...

...season virtuoso playing his instrument with a heavenly grace that appears as effortless as the warbles of a bird still ill. Thousands of toilsome practice hours gradually set the stage for this performance. Humble and to Seden, that was at first dreadfully in apt, then hardly passable before becoming pleasantly decent end at long last, masterly and worthy of praise. Likewise, consider the enlightened way of an old monk who mindfully goes about his daily routine with utmost naturalness and calmness, in a spirit of devotion, eating or drinking measurely if he feels hungry or thirsty, working earnestly or sitting contemplatively if he thinks it fitting to do so, and a host of other activities that follow from his vital necessities or his social and environmental responsibilities, when he is not candidly indulging in some harmless futilities.

But his simple, pure and spontaneous way was a long time coming. It arrived after a period of relative darkness spanning a good part of his life, where he fumbled and faltered, slowly learning to tend the garden of his inner life, for the opening of his eyes, behind his eyes, the blossoming of his mind rooted in mystery. What joy and on now fill his loving heart as he revels in the light of wisdom for some glorious years before his passing,.

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